Music Centre Award

Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Music Centre Award

UEA Music Centre awards a number of Music Centre Awards every year, to new and current students who show exceptional musical achievement and commitment.

The awards are for musicians of any instrument or voice and any style or tradition – including different national traditions. They are intended to encourage recipients to develop their musical and leadership skills and 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.

Application is after entry to UEA, generally the second or third week of the autumn semester.

The awards are worth £800 per year. Where the Director of Music considers that a candidate has not met the required standard but shows promise, a smaller sum may be awarded to support their development towards a main award in a subsequent year. The award holder is expected to use the money to develop their musical skills and resource. Instrumental or vocal lessons can be arranged as part of this expectation.

The awards are made for one year, but if the holder wishes to continue and can demonstrate to the Director of Music that they have made significant contributions during that year, they are welcome to re-audition for the next year and the award may be renewed. If at any point the Director of Music has concerns, the holder of an award may be invited to discuss their involvement in musical life. If it is felt that the holder is not willing or able to make the required contribution, the award may be withdrawn.​

To find out how previous Music Centre Award holders have benefited from their awards, please visit our previous Music Centre Award holders and Scholars profiles.


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.

Please note that if you currently have a UEA Music Scholarship, you are not eligible for a UEA Music Centre Award.

Type of Course

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Postgraduate Research
  • MBA
  • PGCE
  • Year Abroad

Funding Type

  • Cash

Total Value


Years Available

  • 2020


  • UK Fees
  • International Fees


  • Any

Country / Region

  • Any

Applicant’s Nationality

  • Any

Country of Domicile

  • Any

Restrictions with other scholarships

If you currently have a UEA Music Scholarship you are not eligible for a UEA Music Centre Award.

Related Scholarships

  • Music Scholarship

Application Process

The application process has three main parts:

1. You will need to submit either an online application form or a hard copy application form and provide details about your current and previous musical activities. Applications for the 2020 Music Centre Awards will close at 11am on Tuesday 13 October 2020.

2.    You will need to make video of yourself making music, upload the video (unlisted) to YouTube and then send the link. For the video, you will need to record three contrasting items of a maximum total length of ten minutes. Two of these should be pieces you feel show you at your best (they can be accompanied or unaccompanied), while the third should be a short unaccompanied study or folksong. Composers should submit performances of their works if possible, accompanied by scores. Links to recordings, for the 2020 Music Centre Awards, must be submitted to by 11am on Tuesday 13 October 2020. Please see the Music Centre Award Terms and Conditions for important information on the audition process.
3.    If your application is successful, you will then be invited to a short web-based interview with the Director of Music and the Choir Director, where your musical achievements and plans for further progress will be discussed, along with your ideas for contributing to the musical life of the University. Interviews, for the 2020 Music Centre Awards, are scheduled to take place on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 October 2020.

If you have any questions about the awards, please email

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