Each September the Help Musicians UK Talent Programme team survey last year’s postgraduate award holders to learn what impact the award has had on their studies, what recipients plan to do next year and gives an overview of who we helped. This year 75% of our 2014/15 award holders responded and we are pleased to share some great results below.
95% of 2014/15 postgraduate award holders told us that our help made a significant or crucial difference.
We received a broad range of comments from recipients including just some of the following:
“It helped me immeasurably to pay my fees. Therefore meaning I didn’t have to work quite so much and had more time to concentrate on my studies.”
“Receiving this funding for my final year of university was a fantastic help. It eased the financial pressure I was under considerably and allowed me to totally focus on my training and studies”.
97% of our postgraduate award holders will enter the profession or continue with their training. Future plan highlights include:
- Solo recitals at St-Martins-in-the-Fields and Bridgewater Hall
- Cover roles at Opera North and Welsh National Opera
- Orchestra positions in Scottish Opera, Opera North and City of Birmingham Sinfonia
We are so pleased that our awards are having a positive impact but we also recognise that the results underline the challenges of financing further training for emerging artists. Our postgraduate awards help many talented young performers every year with the costs of postgraduate study at conservatoires and performing colleges. We make these grants - ranging from £1,000 to £5,000 - towards courses in classical music performance, opera, jazz and musical theatre.
Find out more about the awards scheme visit our emerging artists page.
For further comments and to learn more about the help we have provided you can read the full 2014/15 postgraduate awards survey.