It’s a busy time of year for the Help Musicians UK Talent Programme Team. Along with the excitement of launching our new name and brand, we’ve been working our way through a record number of applications to our Emerging Excellence Awards and re-launching our Music Student Health Scheme.
We have also begun preparations for our Postgraduate Awards. Every year we help more than 100 of the country’s top young classical and jazz performers with the cost of postgraduate study. These are musicians who will end up in our world-class orchestras, grace the stages of opera houses and concert halls here and abroad, and who will undoubtedly inspire and entertain thousands with their music-making.
With postgraduate fees upwards of £9,000 a year, and living costs on top of that, without funders like Help Musicians UK (and the generosity of those who donate to us), many highly talented young artists would be unable to complete the training that’s vital to set them on the road to a professional career.
We helped fund Soraya with her Masters at the Royal College of Music
The selection process is rigorous, and we are lucky to work with some of the UK’s most eminent musicians who help us adjudicate. The successful students receive grants of up to £5,000 towards the costs of study, and become part of the Help Musicians UK family. In the future we want to do more to bring our young artists together, for example through networking events and other opportunities to help prepare them for the challenges ahead.
Our new website has a great feature which enables you to browse through some of the musicians we’ve supported over the last couple of years. Take a look here. Search by instrument, award, location and genre – this is the next generation of rising stars – you saw them here first!