HMUK's postgraduate awards offer support to students who wish to complete their studies at the leading UK conservatoires and performing arts colleges. The charity has been making awards to postgraduate music students of between ¬£1,000 and ¬£5,000 since the 1970s.
Intensive post-graduate study is vital if the next generation of musicians are to achieve their potential, but the costs are astronomical. Taking living expenses and tuition fees into account, the cost of a two-year postgraduate degree can easily reach £40,000.
Previous winners of these awards include trumpeter Alison Balsom OBE, percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, violinist Clio Gould, cellist Guy Johnston, violinist Tasmin Little OBE and guitarist Miloš Karadaglic.
In 2018, the average award for a postgraduate musician was £2,420 helping 125 students with their next year of study. In 2019 we hope to award £300,000 through our postgraduate awards.
The Postgraduate Awards were previously run on a nomination basis where Heads of Departments at select conservatoires and performing colleges put forward students who qualified for the grant. However, HMUK is now reviewing how accessible and inclusive the Programme is to ensure that any potential barriers there may be in applying for funding are removed. The new open and direct application process also aims to alleviate some of the administrative burden on the Heads of Department and empower the students to take control of their futures.
This year HMUK's postgraduate awards are open to students who are either hoping to start a postgraduate degree or move in to a second year of postgraduate study in September 2019.
Our postgraduate awards are only open to students who wish to study performance at the following conservatoires or performance institutions:
- Arts Educational Schools*
- Guildford School of Acting*
- Guildhall School of Music and Drama
- Leeds College of Music
- London School of Musical Theatre*
- Mountview Academy*
- National Opera Studio**
- Royal Academy of Music
- Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
- Royal Central School of Speech and Drama*
- Royal College of Music
- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- Royal Northern College of Music
- Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
- Urdang Academy*
- Wales International Academy of Voice**
*Musical Theatre only