Music Scholarship Music Scholarship

UEA awards a number of Music Scholarships every year, to students who show exceptional musical achievement and commitment. The awards are intended to encourage the recipients to develop their musical and leadership skills in order that they may contribute significantly to music at UEA. A high standard of performance is expected, but equally important is a clear commitment to take leading roles in the musical life of the University.


Purpose of UEA Music Scholarship Scheme 

The purpose of the scholarships are to support musicians of high standard who are willing to contribute significantly to the musical life of the University.

The scholarships are intended for musicians of any instrument or voice and any style or tradition – including different national traditions - who can demonstrate an excellent standard of performance allied to a plan for enriching the musical life of the University.

It is expected that a major part of the contribution made by the holder of an award will be to play or sing in University ensembles relevant to their voice or instrument, and to be a leading member of those ensembles demonstrating commitment and encouraging others. Those for whom no ensemble is appropriate will be expected to devise and demonstrate ways of contributing to the musical life of the university.

Other ways of contributing to musical life might be to form new ensembles, to organise concerts, to become involved in running existing ensembles as a committee member, to be available to perform at University functions and to offer solo and chamber music.

The awards are worth £3000, payable over three years. The holder is expected to use this money to develop their musical skills and to devote at least part of it to taking lessons for their instrument or voice.

There are 10 scholarships available for 2020 entry.



No qualifications need to have been taken. A high standard of performance can be demonstrated at audition. In the case of a musician performing in a style or tradition without a formal method of assessment this is particularly important. For those used to the graded exam system it may be useful to say that a performing standard of Grade 8 and above is a benchmark. Neither Grade 8 nor any other exam need either have been taken or passed.

See our Music Scholarship Terms and Conditions:

2020 Entry (revised 23 March 2020)


Interview and audition process - updated 23 March 2020

We have changed the usual audition process for 2020 entry. We will now ask all candidates for a video recording instead of a live audition and, on receipt of application, arrange a time to interview using Skype or similar.

We have also extended the deadline for applications to 12noon on Sunday 26 April 2020, in case potential candidates had felt the live audition too much of a risk and consequently not applied, or need time to consider how to organise a recorded audition.

The awards will be made by web-based interview and recorded audition. If your application is accepted you will be asked to submit a video-recorded audition, where you will be expected to perform two contrasting pieces totalling no more than 10 minutes. We will arrange a time with you for a short web-based interview with the Director of Music, where your musical achievements and plans for further progress will be discussed, along with your ideas for contributing to musical life.

Both parts of the process will carry weight in the decision to make an award. Please read the Application form and Terms and Conditions carefully for details of the audition process.


How to apply

If you would like to apply for 2020 entry the application form can be found here. If your application is successful, you will be asked to supply your recorded performances and to arrange a time for interview in early May 2020.

The extended deadline for 2020 applications will now be 12 noon on Sunday 26 April 2020.

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