The Royal College of Music is to fund three UK students from ethnic minority backgrounds who wish to study for the BMus course at the RCM beginning in 2018/19. UK black and minority ethnic (BAME) musicians are currently under-represented across the performing arts and these scholarships demonstrate the RCM’s continued commitment to diversity. The scholarships will be awarded on merit and enable talented students the opportunity to study at the UK’s leading institution for music education with financial security. The scholarships will be up to the value of full fees (currently £9,250 a year) and can be used either to cover tuition fees or to help with living costs.

Colin Lawson, Director of the Royal College of Music, said; ‘We know that students from under-represented groups sometimes find finances to be the biggest barrier to entry when making decisions about higher education. We believe it is imperative to provide access to excellence for all talented students, regardless of means, and I am delighted that we are able to offer three scholarships covering up to full fees.’

Kevin Porter, Deputy Director of the Royal College of Music, said; ‘The RCM is a diverse and welcoming community representing some 60 different nationalities. We are proud of the RCM’s diversity and these scholarships for BAME students continue our commitment and are central to the RCM’s ongoing strategy.’

The RCM is the UK’s number one institution for the performing arts (QS World University Rankings), has trained some of the world’s leading musicians from all backgrounds and offers a range of courses in all aspects of music including performance, composition and research.

All UK BAME applicants will automatically be considered for these scholarships when they apply for admission to the RCM BMus – no separate application is needed – just apply for a place on the RCM BMus via UCAS Conservatoires, declaring your ethnicity.

Applications open on 19 July and the deadline to apply for the BMus course starting in 2018/19 is 2 October. Please apply via UCAS Conservatoires.


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