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University Music Performance Scholarship

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Each year the University of Kent awards Music Performance Scholarships to talented instrumentalists and singers. Musicians applying to study any subject can be awarded a scholarship worth between £1,000 - £2,000, together with £500 of instrumental / singing tuition with experienced teachers.

Music Performance Scholarship

Patron: Dame Anne Evans

The University recognises the role that music and culture plays in the development of the individual and the benefits cultural activities bring to the wider University community. The scholarship is intended to encourage excellence and development in extra-curricular music performance, and includes instrumental/vocal tuition with experienced teachers. 

Around fifteen scholarships are awarded to new applicants each year. Students returning to the University in their second or third year are able to apply for a University Music Performance Award, which entitles them to a year's worth of instrumental / singing tuition in support of their involvement in music-making.

The scholarship rewards a recipient’s involvement in the extra-curricular musical life of the University. Scholarships will normally be allocated only to those students whose musical interests and talents can be supported within the University community.

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How do they work?

Scholarships/Awards will normally be allocated only to those whose musical/vocal interests and talents can be supported within the University community. The number of years of instrumental and/or vocal study and performing experience, as well an applicant’s potential, will be taken into account.

Scholarship/Award recipients must be prepared to represent the University and to contribute to the cultural life of the University by participating in activities and events. Candidates must also be willing to act as ambassadors for the University and to agree to be featured in University publications and press releases.

The University of Kent reserves the right to withdraw the Scholarship/Award if the formal criteria are not met. In particular, if for any reason the holder ceases to be a registered student at the University, it will be suspended immediately.

How to apply


To apply for the Music Performance Scholarship (new registrants) you should download the Application Form.

To apply for the Music Performance Award (returning students) you should download the Application Form.

Once completed, e-mail your application to the Director of Music (as a typed Word document only - other formats will not be accepted).

Applications will be considered and candidates who have been successful at this stage will be invited for interview and audition. Unsuccessful candidates will also be informed. (Due to the high volume of applications we receive each year, unfortunately it is not possible to offer specific feedback at this stage of the application process. We do, however, encourage all students to enjoy and participate in musical provision at the University.)

It is vital that, if your application is accepted, you then arrange an interview with the Director of Music as soon as you arrive at the University – these will be held in a number of Office Hours which will be published on-line prior to the start of term.

There is no deadline prior to the start of the academic year, but early application for is advisable. Applications will only be considered up to 9am on Friday 25 September 2020, except in exceptional circumstances.

Interviews will be held until the end of Week 1 during which your audition will be arranged.

Guidance for applicants

Music Scholarships/Awards are intended to recognise and encourage  excellence. Applicants would usually be expected to demonstrate some or all of the following criteria when submitting their written application:

  • an advanced ABRSM grade (or equivalent, including RockSchool, Trinity or other international musical qualifications)
  • a significant musical profile whilst in school / college / university or the local community
  • appropriate performing experience at county or national level / conservatoire, e.g. youth choir, county orchestra, wind band, jazz or big band
  • experience in giving public performances, e.g. gigs or solo recitals, major role in musical theatre productions

If you would like to discuss the Music Scholarship/Award Schemes prior to your application, email Susan Wanless.

Kent and Medway Medical School Music Performance Scholarships

Funded jointly by Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, three individual scholarships for KMMS first-year students of £1,000. Intended to recognise existing musical talent, encourage excellence and development and reward participation in extra-curricular music performance these also include instrumental/vocal tuition with experienced teachers.

Go to KMMS website