If you have a musical talent that you would like to continue developing whilst at University, then it might be worth looking in to some of the music scholarships that are on offer. You could play or sing your way to paying off some of your student loan. More and more universities are offering music scholarships and some pay up to £3,000 a year during your degree.
You do not need to be applying to study music, but just be willing to participate in musical performances whilst you are there and you will be paid for it. A nice way to earn a bit of extra money while doing something you enjoy.
Here is a selection of some of the best music scholarships available, but do look for more on our database.
University of Kent – up to £2,000 a year to new students. Applicants should hold an advanced ABRSM grade, have developed a significant musical profile whilst in school/ college or the local community and appropriate performing experience at county or national level.
Durham University - Graham and Joanna Barker Scholarship for Music: a scholarship offered once every three years which provides £3,000 a year to the scholar for the duration of their course. The recipient will be expected to actively participate in the musical life of the University, representing Durham in local, regional, national and/or international performances.
University of Exeter – Exeter Cathedral Scholarship: £3,000 a year for Counter-tenors, Tenors and Basses; choral scholars are required at all statutory choral services and rehearsals when the Lay Vicars are singing.
Universities of Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield – Leeds Cathedral Scholarships: up to £1,500 a year for students to either sing, conduct or play the organ for the Cathedral choir.
University of Surrey – Open to organists and singers (sopranos, counter-tenors, altos, tenors and basses). The purpose of the Organ and Choral Scholarships at St Nicolas is to support the work of the choir and maintain the standard of music making in the church.
Royal Holloway – Music Scholarships worth up to £1,500 a year. Scholars are expected to contribute to perform during their time at university.
University of East Anglia – The purpose of the awards is to support musicians of high standard who are willing to contribute significantly to the musical life of the University. The awards are intended for musicians of any instrument or voice and any style or tradition who can demonstrate an excellent standard of performance with a plan to enrich the musical life of the University. http://www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk/uea-music-scholarships/2922