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Studying at a leading performing arts college can help future generations of performers to achieve their potential, but the costs of living and tuition fees can be astronomical.

We believe that a musician’s financial position shouldn’t be a barrier to delivering their potential, so our support can remove some of the financial burden for students studying music performance, musical theatre or opera. 

Help Musicians can provide financial support of up to £5,000 towards study and living costs for the next academic year.

What do you plan to study? 

No musician should be held back if they have the talent to progress
Isata Kanneh-Mason, Pianist and Help Musicians Ambassador

Postgraduate Awards 

Our postgraduate awards offer up to £5,000 in financial support to students who will be studying music performance at postgraduate level (ie. Mmus, MA, PGDip, Artist Diploma) at a number of UK conservatoires or performing arts colleges.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an audition.

Our postgraduate awards offer support to students who wish to complete their studies at leading UK conservatoires and performing arts colleges. 

You could be awarded between £1,000 and £5,000 to go towards the cost of a postgraduate course starting in September and associated living costs and expenses. 

To apply for our postgraduate awards, you must:

  • Be studying or are intending to study a postgraduate music performance degree (ie. MMus, MA, PGDip, Artist Diploma), starting in September, at one of the UK conservatoires listed below
  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You have the legal right to live and work in the UK, and currently live in the UK
  • Not have more than £10,000 savings
  • You have a UK bank account
  • Demonstrate that you have the musical potential and ambition to create a successful and sustainable career in music

If you are not sure if you are eligible, please contact support@​helpmusicians.​org.​uk.

  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama 
  • Leeds Conservatoire
  • Royal Academy of Music 
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire 
  • Royal College of Music 
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 
  • Royal Northern College of Music 
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama 
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 
  • National Opera Studio (répétiteurs only)

We are unable to support the following through these awards:

  • Undergraduate courses
  • PhDs, MPhil, DMus, Doctorates
  • Non-music performance degrees such as composition, music technology, music education, music therapy, arts administration, and music business
  • Study from the previous academic year 

Should you be shortlisted for audition, you must provide us with your proposed audition programme. For most singers and instrumentalists your programme must consist of at least two contrasting pieces by different composers and your whole programme should last no longer than 10 minutes. We are able to provide an accompanist for brass, upper strings, lower strings, woodwind and voice disciplines. Please indicate on the form if you require the services of our in-house accompanist. 

Accompanists, repetiteurs, jazz and pop applicants should review the specific audition requirements below. 

Accompanists should provide 10 minutes of music that showcases your ability to accompany either a solo singer or a solo string performer. Your programme should be comprising of either 

  • A movement from a Classical or Romantic sonata and a contrasting piece written before 1950,
  • or
  • Three songs of contrasting styles and periods

Répétiteurs*

You should prepare a short scene (including at least two characters) from each of two contrasting operas, and perform them, singing the vocal lines yourself. An accompanied recitative and a short secco recitative by Mozart or Rossini should also be prepared. The two scenes and recitatives should be no more than 15 minutes in total. Sight-reading excerpts and language tests in French, German and Italian may also be given. 

Jazz and Popular Music

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to audition with a backing band or group consisting of no more than 6 other performers. Full backline will be provided by the venues; however, you must bring your own breakables. 

Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Awards 

The Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Awards offer support to students who wish to complete their studies at certain leading UK conservatoires and performing arts colleges (listed below).

You could be awarded between £1,000 and £5,000 to go towards the cost of the final year of an undergraduate course or a postgraduate course and associated living costs and expenses. Support is available for the next academic year starting in September.

To apply for our Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Awards, you must: 

  • Be intending to study Musical Theatre in either your final year of your undergraduate course, or a postgraduate course at one of the UK conservatoires listed below from September
  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You have the legal right to live and work in the UK, and currently live in the UK
  • Not have more than £10,000 savings

  • You have a UK bank account
  • Demonstrate that you have the musical potential and ambition to create a successful and sustainable career in music

  • ArtsEd
  • Guildford School of Acting
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama 
  • Leeds Conservatoire
  • London School of Musical Theatre

  • Mountview Academy
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Royal College of Music
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • Urdang Academy

We are unable to support the following through these awards:

  • Undergraduate courses (apart from those in their final year)
  • PhDs, MPhil, DMus, Doctorates
  • Non-music performance degrees such as composition, music technology, music education, music therapy, arts administration, and music business
  • Study from the previous or current academic year
  • Costs relating to the purchase of musical instruments (including laptops)

Auditions will take place at the Royal Academy of Music in London on Friday 28 June.

Due to our audition schedules this date is fixed and we are unable to offer an alternative.

Ian Fleming founded the Ian Fleming Charitable Trust in 1972, with an initial focus on supporting national charities in the fields of support, disease research, relief and welfare.

However, a performance of The Magic Flute by Scottish Opera gave Ian the idea of extending the support to musicians in 1980.

Ever since, outstandingly talented young musicians have been supported through the Trust with costs towards their higher education studies. 

Sybil Tutton Opera Awards 

Applications are open now

We offer support to students who are studying opera at postgraduate level at a number of UK conservatoires.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an audition.

The Sybil Tutton Opera Awards offer support to students who wish to complete their studies at certain leading UK conservatoires and performing arts colleges (listed below).

You could be awarded between £1,000 and £5,000 to go towards the cost of a postgraduate course, and associated living costs. Support is available for the next academic year starting in September.

To apply for our Sybil Tutton Opera awards, you must:

  • Be intending to study Opera at postgraduate level at one of the UK conservatoires listed below from September
  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You have the legal right to live and work in the UK, and currently live in the UK
  • Not have more than £10,000 savings

  • You have a UK bank account
  • Demonstrate that you have the musical potential and ambition to create a successful and sustainable career in music

Our Sybil Tutton Opera awards are open to students who are studying opera at Postgraduate level at one of the following: 

  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • National Opera Studio
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
  • Royal College of Music
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • Welsh International Academy of Voice 

We are unable to support the following through these awards:

  • Undergraduate courses
  • Postgraduate vocal studies courses
  • PhDs, MPhil, DMus, Doctorates
  • Non-music performance degrees such as composition, music technology, music education, music therapy, arts administration, and music business
  • Study from the previous or current academic year
  • Costs relating to the purchase of musical instruments (including laptops)

Auditions will take place at the Royal Academy of Music in London on Thursday 27 June. Due to our audition schedules this date is fixed and we are unable to offer an alternative.

Sybil Tutton had a lifelong love of opera, which in later years was expressed as a passionate interest in the training of young singers.

In 1988 she used her personal funds to set up the Sybil Tutton Charitable Trust to provide financial help for the postgraduate training of outstanding young opera singers.

Sybil died peacefully on 27 November 2002 aged 96, bequeathing most of her residuary estate to the Trust.

Hundreds of singers have been helped since the awards began. Previous winners include Christopher Maltman, Alfie Boe, Ed Lyon, Kate Royal, Katherine Broderick and Karen Cargill.

The Mendelssohn Scholarship 

Applications now open 

The Mendelssohn Scholarship offers £7,000 towards advanced composition study. It is administered by Help Musicians on behalf of The Mendelssohn Scholarship Foundation.

It is generally intended for Postgraduate students, however final year undergraduate students may also be considered.

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