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Project information

Royal College of Music (RCM) Scholarship Fund

The RCM is one of the world’s great conservatoires, training gifted musicians from all over the world for international careers as performers, conductors and composers. The RCM Scholarship Fund ensures that no talented musician is denied an RCM education for want of funds.

This is an ongoing project.

Charity information: Royal College of Music

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  • Need


    Music tuition is expensive. Fees for undergraduate courses start at £9,250 for a UK/EU student and £23,000 for an international student. Together with the ever-increasing cost of living in London, many of our students find the financial commitment extremely challenging. A lack of financial support will, in time, drastically affect the cultural impact that music has on our society.


    Providing scholarships enables us to relieve students of financial burden, allowing them to focus on their studies and make the most of all that the RCM has to offer. In-turn, we produce world-class musicians who have the ability to make a significant contribution to the global music scene.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We aim to increase the number of RCM students receiving financial support from 60% to 75% by 2020.


    » Through a robust and varied fundraising strategy, we aim to substantially increase scholarship funds.

    What success will look like

    Success will be attracting and offering support to a broad range of world-class young musicians, based purely on talent and irrespective of their financial circumstances.

    Aim 2

    We aim to increase the amount of funding offered to each individual scholarship recipient.


    » We will aim to enhance the cultivation and stewardship of prospective and current donors.

    What success will look like

    By enabling students to undertake other valuable opportunities e.g. external competitions or instrument repairs, that would otherwise be achievable due to financial constraints.

  • Impact


    The RCM Scholarship Fund will underpin the RCM's success in creating long-term, sustainable sources of income to support its work. It will enable the RCM to recruit future generations of talented students and thus reinforce its position as a leading conservatoire in an international arena.

    The RCM will become the first choice of conservatoire for any music student, due to the excellence of our teaching staff, the student experience and the opportunities it can offer.


    Without more scholarship support the RCM risks not being able to offer enough places to gifted young musicians, therefore losing tomorrow's world-class musicians and the high reputation that has been established over the last 136 years. Increasing this support is a strategic priority for the RCM. Relationships between donors and scholars are carefully nurtured through exceptional stewardship to develop a network of supporters and a vibrant, engaged community.


    Donors to the scholarship fund will be thanked and will receive regular updates by taking up the opportunity to subscribe to our mailing list. They will have the opportunity to come into the RCM to see a variety of performances and witness first-hand, the positive outcomes of their generous gifts.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 UG Scholarships We aim to raise the equivalent of 5 undergraduate scholarships (£10k each)
      £50,000 PG Scholarships The equivalent of 5 postgraduate scholarships (£10k each)
  • Background


    The Royal College of Music is located on Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, at the heart of the Exhibition Road Cultural Quarter - London's premier hub of cultural activity. Our neighbours include the Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and Royal College of Art. Students are encouraged to broaden their knowledge and involvement of all art forms.


    Entire generations of gifted musicians from all over the world will benefit from the financial support of the Scholarship Fund. Over 60 nationalities are already represented at the RCM. All RCM students engage in outreach work through RCM Sparks, our learning and participation programme, bringing the joy of classical music to schools and community groups across London. Our doors are open to members of the public and we run a varied series of events throughout the year, most of which are free.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The RCM is one of the world's leading conservatoires, offering first-rate teaching with professors of international reputation, unrivalled performance opportunities and a vibrant creative environment which nurtures and challenges. Former students include Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Dame Joan Sutherland and Sir James Galway. The RCM's influence on the development of music in the last 100 years has been immense.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Emma Adlard

    Head of Supporter Engagement

    Jessica Hazelton

    Scholarships Officer