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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 nationalitites. 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.


Royal College of Music to fund three full scholarships for BAME students studying at the RCM in 2018/19.

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About the Royal College of Music (RCM)

Founded in 1882, the Royal College of Music (RCM) is a world leading music conservatoire with a prestigious history and contemporary outlook. Their 840 undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over 60 countries and are taught in a dynamic environment, leaving the RCM to become the outstanding performers, conductors and composers of the future.

The RCM’s International Opera School is one of the world’s most prestigious training centres for opera, with many of the world’s leading singers having passed through their doors. As well as presenting three fully-staged opera performances a year, which are attended by international press and agents, the International Opera School also provides singers with opportunities to participate in workshops with significant members of the opera world, as well as a popular Opera Scenes series where singers work with professional directors in semi-staged scenes.  Many students of the School move straight into young artist schemes at some of the world’s leading opera houses, or directly into fully fledged careers.

The RCM was ranked by The Guardian as the leading Higher Education Institution in the UK for studying music, as the top conservatoire in the UK and Europe and second in the world for the Performing Arts in the QS World University Rankings 2017 and as the top UK conservatoire in the Complete University Guide’s Arts/Music Institution League Table 2017.

RCM professors are leaders in their fields and, under such expert guidance, RCM students regularly achieve remarkable success around the globe.

Among their alumni are composers and performers such as Sir Hubert Parry, Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst, Sir Colin Davis, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Lord Lloyd Webber, Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir James Galway, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Alfie Boe and Pumeza Matshikiza.

Regular visitors to the RCM to teach and demonstrate are Maxim Vengerov (Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin), Bernard Haitink, Sir Thomas Allen, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lang Lang and the Harlem Quartet.