Music Scholarship Music Scholarship

UEA awards a number of Music Scholarships every year, to students who show exceptional musical achievement and commitment. These awards go towards one-to-one tuition and coaching, by leading professionals. The awards are designed to encourage the recipients to develop their technique, musicianship, performance and leadership skills.

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 2019 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:

2019 Entry

2020 Entry

Interview and audition process

The awards are made by interview and audition. If your application is accepted you will be invited to an event consisting of:

A short 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 lifeAn audition of approximately 10 minutes, where you will be expected to perform 2 contrasting pieces totalling no more than 10 minutes. An accompanist will be provided.

Both parts of the process will carry weight in the decision to make an award.

How to apply

The deadline for 2019 applications has now passed.

If your application is successful, you will be asked to attend an interview and audition in 2019.

The deadline for 2020 applications will be midnight on 22 March 2020.

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