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Project information

Buskaid Scholarship Fund

Buskaid runs a Music School in Diepkloof, Soweto, where we aim to transform lives and prospects through music. Several Buskaid students have so far been successful in gaining places for tertiary study in the UK, and we aim to establish a fund to support future students in their studies here.

5 years

Charity information: Buskaid

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  • Need


    Opportunities for advanced musical study with world-class teachers are rare in South Africa, so it is usually necessary for the most talented Buskaid students to come to music college in the UK for tertiary study. As they are overseas students, the fees alone are more than £15,000 per student, per year - quite beyond the means of a student from Soweto.


    Buskaid is committed to providing secure funding, covering both the fees and living costs for the duration of their course, for any student coming to study in the UK. This means that they will begin their course safe in the knowledge that they will have the financial means to complete it, and to take their skills back to South Africa - to share their expertise both with the Buskaid community and more widely.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable talented young people from the Buskaid Music School to pursue tertiary study in the UK.


    » Provide funding to cover their fees and living costs for the duration of their course.
    » Provide pastoral support for the students as they adjust to living in a new country.

    What success will look like

    Success will be raising sufficient funds to enable all students who are offered a place to take up that place and complete their studies.

  • Impact


    As students complete their studies in the UK and return to South Africa, they will increase the pool of talent available, both to the Buskaid community and the wider musical community in South Africa.


    There is a risk that a student will begin their studies and not be able to complete them, for financial or personal reasons. We are dealing with the financial risk by aiming to raise enough money to support students through their whole course before they commence their studies. We aim to deal with the personal risk by providing pastoral support to students while they are in the UK, and staying in close touch with their colleges.


    As well as our annual newsletter, giving an update on all Buskaid projects in a visually attractive format, we will send twice-yearly reports to Scholarship Fund donors about the ongoing progress of the students.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £260,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,000 Living costs The cost of supporting 1 student studying in the UK for 1 year
      £17,000 Tuition fees The cost of one year's tuition for 1 student at a UK music college

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Buskaid UK scholarship fund £9,000 Guaranteed
    Anon £1,000 Conditional
    Ernest Oppenheimer Foundation £6,000 Conditional
  • Background


    London is a major cultural capital, and by encouraging the students from Soweto to come and study here, we will be enriching their cultural and educational lives and prospects.


    Talented students from the Buskaid Music School in Soweto will be able to fulfill their potential by gaining an internationally recognised qualification and the experience of studying with some of the best teachers in the world.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are able to mentor the students from the time they first come to the Buskaid Music School (usually at betweeen 5 and 10 years old), and to prepare them for their music college applications.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rosemary Nalden

    Rosemary is Buskaid's director and takes personal responsibility for mentoring the students and preparing them for their auditions.

    Buskaid UK Trustees

    The Trustees will be providing pastoral support to the students in the UK, as well as taking a lead role in fundraising.

    Cathy Boyes - UK Administrator

    Cathy will be co-ordinating fundraising, as well as providing practical support to the students in the UK, eg. organising their weekly allowance.