Help Musicians’ Postgraduate Awards support more musicians than ever before

A harpist smiles in an image advertising Help Musicians Postgraduate Awards.

Image: Esther Beyer, Postgraduate Awardee 2020

Help Musicians is delighted to announce that its Postgraduate Awards will this year support 140 UK students to continue their musical education in 2020 - the largest number of supported musicians in the Awards’ 99-year history.

In a year that continues to be so uniquely challenging for so many musicians, Help Musicians is proud to support such a large cohort across a range of disciplines, including: brass, guitar, jazz, musical theatre, piano, harp, opera, voice, woodwind and many more. The largest representation this year comes from opera, with 19 awardees. As well as supporting more musicians than ever before, the value of the awards across all categories is also the largest financial distribution ever made, totalling £288,500.

Offering grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 towards the cost of studies, the annual Awards are available to students seeking to start or move into the second year of a music performance postgraduate degree.

Previous awardee, Yuanfan Yang, said of his support: “Help Musicians has been extremely generous and supportive of my studies during my postgraduate course at the Royal College of Music. What they provided has allowed me to focus on learning, creating and sharing music, rather than the costs of survival.”

Help Musicians has been making financial awards to conservatoire students since 1921, in the knowledge that pursuing a postgraduate music degree can often be prohibitively expensive.

Previous awardees include trumpeter Alison Balsom OBE, percussionist and Help Musicians President Dame Evelyn Glennie, violinist Clio Gould, cellist Guy Johnston, violinist and Help Musicians Ambassador Tasmin Little OBE and guitarist Miloš Karadaglic.

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