Number of scholarships to award
UEA Music Centre awards a number of Music Centre Awards every year, to new and current students who show exceptional musical achievement and commitment.
The awards are for musicians of any instrument or voice and any style or tradition – including different national traditions. They are intended to encourage recipients to develop their musical and leadership skills and contribute significantly to music at UEA. A high standard of performance is expected, but equally important is a clear commitment to take leading roles in the musical life of the University.
Application is after entry to UEA, generally the second week of the autumn semester.
The awards are made for one year, but if the holder wishes to continue and can demonstrate to the Director of Music that they have made significant contributions during that year, they are welcome to re-audition for the next year and the award may be renewed. If at any point the Director of Music has concerns, the holder of an award may be invited to discuss their involvement in musical life. If it is felt that the holder is not willing or able to make the required contribution, the award may be withdrawn.
The awards are worth £800 per year. Where the Director of Music considers that a candidate has not met the required standard but shows promise, a smaller sum may be awarded to support their development towards a main award in a subsequent year. The award holder is expected to use the money to develop their musical skills and resource. Instrumental or vocal lessons can be arranged as part of this expectation.
- No qualifications need to have been taken. A high standard of performance can be demonstrated at audition. In the case of a musician performing in a style or tradition without a formal method of assessment this is particularly important.
- For those used to the graded exam system it may be useful to say that a performing standard of Grade 8 and above is a benchmark. Neither Grade 8 nor any other exam need either have been taken or passed.
- If you currently have a UEA Music Scholarship you are not eligible for a UEA Music Centre Award.
Study experience required
You will need to submit either an online application form or a hard copy application form and provide details about your current and previous musical activities.
The application deadline for the 2023 Music Centre Awards is 11am on Friday 6 October 2023.
If you application is accepted, you will then be invited to a short interview with the Director of Music where we will discuss your application, giving you a chance to expand on the information you put in your application form.
If, during your interview, you make a convincing case for the contribution you can make to music at UEA, you will be invited to an audition. The audition will last ten minutes, during which you will be asked to perform three contrasting items of a maximum total length of ten minutes.
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