Postgraduate Study Awards

The Trustees are happy to receive applications from instrumentalists and singers looking to undertake performance-based postgraduate study as well as from composers wishing to undertake postgraduate study. The Trustees are prepared to consider applications for postgraduate study at up to two different institutions (in the event that you have not yet made a final decision on where you will be studying) and/or applications for private study, short courses or masterclasses.  You do not have to have been accepted on your course when you apply to the Trust but we ask you to keep the Secretary informed of progress with your application(s).

The Trustees will accept applications from students undertaking their second postgraduate year.

 The Trustees are not prepared to accept applications for:

  • Undergraduate/first degree courses
  • Courses which they perceive to be for Professional Development
  • Conducting courses
  • Musical Theatre, Popular Music and Music Therapy courses
  • Film composition courses
  • MPhil and PhD courses – students undertaking such courses are advised to contact the Arts & Humanities Research Council –

Eligibility Criteria:

The current policy of the Trust is to consider candidates (instrumentalists, singers & composers) for study awards who satisfy the following residency criteria:

  1. The applicant has either been resident in the UK for over ten years since birth or alternatively has successfully completed (by the end of the current academic year) at least three academic years of full-time study in a UK higher education institution (University / Music Conservatoire); and
  2. the applicant can prove that, based on the laws and regulations in force at the closing date for applications (10 February) and his/her personal circumstances, he/she automatically has permission to continue to reside and work in the UK following completion of higher education.

Commonwealth Candidates:  Reflecting the Trust’s long record of supporting outstanding candidates from the Commonwealth, an exception will be made to the above criteria in the case of applicants who are long-term residents of Commonwealth countries. These candidates’ applications should be for study in the UK only.

Please note
The Trust may ask for proof of eligibility to be provided in the form of scans of passports, letters from the Home Office or other official information. Failure to provide such information when requested will result in your application being rejected.  If you are currently studying in the UK on a Tier 4 student visa, you are not eligible to apply.

Application / Audition Procedure:

  • Applications will be available for online submission from 1 January 2018.
  • Please contact the Secretary +44 (0)1428 685427 or if you encounter any difficulties submitting online.  
  • An Applications Help Sheet 2018 will be available shortly which will contain all the information required to submit your application form and may answer questions that arise as you complete the form online.
  • The closing date for submission of completed application forms, references & recordings is 10 February 2018.
  • You will not hear back from the Trust regarding auditions until early-mid April.
  • Provisional dates for the auditions in 2018 will be released as soon as they are available.
  • You must be prepared to audition in person in London.
  • Please inform us on your application  form if you have a disability or medical condition and require any additional help or support.  You will have the opportunity to do this in section 9 of your application form.
  • Awards are made to selected applicants after audition and interview.
  • Should you be successful you can apply for further support in subsequent years (the same application procedure applies).  However, the Trustees can only offer a maximum of two awards.
  • Failure at Audition: In order to make best use of the Trust’s funds and enable the maximum number of new applications to be considered each year, those applicants who have failed to obtain an award after audition will not normally be reconsidered in a subsequent year.
  • You may re-apply to the Trust if you have applied but not been offered an audition (i.e. if you were turned down without audition). However, if you are turned down without audition twice, you may not apply to the Trust for a third time.
  • Students who apply to the Trust too early in their training, therefore, risk jeopardising their chances of obtaining funding at a later date.
  • The Secretary of the Trust will not enter into correspondence with applicants, except to amplify or clarify their applications, and is not at liberty to give applicants any assessment of their chances of success, nor to discuss reasons for failure.
  • Applicants who enter into correspondence with individual Trustees run the risk of prejudicing their case.
  • The granting or withholding of financial assistance is entirely at the collective discretion of the Trustees and in no circumstances will reasons be given for rejection or for the selection of one applicant as against another.


  • Two references must be submitted by 10 February 2018 as part of your application.
  • One reference must be the from your current teacher and the other from a person with up-to-date knowledge of your musical training (e.g. your Head of Department).
  • References will be available for online submission ( from 1 January 2018.
  • You need to ask your Referees to go online and submit their reference before 10 February 2018.
  • References received after the closing date are unacceptable and the application will be considered invalid.
  • Please ask your referee(s) to contact the Secretary +44 (0)1428 685427 or should they encounter any difficulties submitting online.

MP3 Information:

To accompany your application form, please upload two MP3s:

  • Not exceeding 5MB in size each
  • Contrasting in period, style and tempo – please note that, if you are called to audition, you will not be able to perform the pieces you have submitted by MP3
  • Recorded within the last 3 months – if you have applied to the Trust in the past, you must not submit a recording/piece that you have used to support a previous application
  • Please include your name in the track title e.g. Joe_Bloggs_Track1.mp3
  • DO NOT submit two movements from the same work, or two pieces by the same composer
  • It is better to submit a shorter piece/extract of higher recording quality than a longer piece at a lower quality
  • ACCOMPANISTS / REPETITEURS – please submit two MP3s of you accompanying a singer – please ensure the piano part is NOT an orchestral reduction i.e. only submit a piece that is written for piano & voice.

To accompany your application form, please upload two MP3s:

  • One MP3 should consist of the following pieces:  Timpani: Hindemith Metamorphoses on Themes of Weber AND Snare Drum: Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade (Mvts 3 and 4)
  • The other MP3 should consist of the following pieces: Xylophone: Gershwin Porgy and Bess Introduction AND Vibraphone: Bernstein West Side Story
  • Please include your name in the track title e.g. Joe_Bloggs_Track1.mp3
  • The MP3s should not exceed 5MB in size each
  • If you have any difficulties with these requirements please contact the Secretary on

COMPOSERS – To accompany your application form, please upload two MP3s:

  • Of two recent compositions contrasting in style
  • Recorded within the last 3 months,  if possible
  • Not exceeding 5MB in size each
  • Please include your name in the track title e.g. Joe_Bloggs_Track1.mp3
  • DO NOT submit scores unless requested to do so.

Recording Information:

  • A poor quality recording WILL disadvantage your application. It is better to submit a shorter piece/extract of higher recording quality than a longer piece at a lower quality.
  • Recordings should not be edited – applications where editing is detected will be rejected.
  • Recordings should be submitted in MP3 format only – other  formats will not be considered, and your application will be rejected.
  • Please ensure that the file is not ‘protected’ and ensure that the recording level, and where appropriate the balance (e.g. between instrument & accompaniment) is suitable.
  • The music should begin immediately at the start of the MP3. Please do not include long introductions by accompanying instruments or introduce yourself or the piece.
  • Live performances should have applause cut.  Please note: for this purpose a live recording is not regarded as intrinsically better than a studio recording.
  • It is NOT acceptable to submit an accompanied piece WITHOUT the accompaniment – this will result in your application being rejected.
  • The recording submitted is assessed as a musical whole and so applicants are advised not to include recordings in which the performance standard of any accompanying instrumental part is significantly lower than that of the applicant.
  • All MP3s will be deleted from our server once the audition selection process has been completed.

Postgraduate Study Award Application Form