Scholarships & Bursaries

Find out about our scholarships and bursaries.

Leeds Conservatoire provides a range of additional Scholarships and Bursaries, to ensure that no applicant is deterred from applying for financial reasons.

Audition Travel Costs Bursary for Applicants

We provide assistance to applicants from lower income households, to ensure that no one is deterred on the grounds of cost from attending an audition or interview at the conservatoire. 

Audition fees are no longer charged for any Undergraduate or Postgraduate course at Leeds Conservatoire.

If you are from a household with an income of less than £25,000, and would like to apply for a refund of your travel costs, please download further information and an application form here.

Leeds Conservatoire Bursary

The conservatoire will provide a cash bursary for lower income Home (UK) students, as follows: 

Students who commence their first year of study in 2020

Household income £0£25,000

Bursary £800

Household income £25,001 - £42,875

Bursary £400

The information about the household income is obtained from the financial assessment which is undertaken in order to receive the income assessed part of the maintenance loan, so you must have applied for income assessed student finance in order to be eligible. 

Applicants will not need to undergo another means test. The bursary will be paid in 2 instalments, 50% in November, 50% in March.

How do I apply for the bursary?
You do not need to apply for the Bursary – we will calculate your entitlement automatically.

The Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarship for Jazz

Generous support from the Leverhulme Trust has enabled us to provide four scholarships of £6,150 each, to help towards living costs, for exceptional UK students, in Year One of their studies on the BA (Hons) Music (Jazz) course.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of their potential, identified at audition and interview. No separate application is required – applicants will be automatically considered for the scholarship.

The Alan Hawkshaw Foundation Scholarships

Three Scholarships of £1,500 per year are awarded to support gifted students on the conservatoire’s Music Classical and Jazz undergraduate programmes.

The award is for applicants whose principal instrument is in short supply, especially, but not exclusively: Trombone, tuba, bassoon, French horn, oboe, double bass and piano, although this may vary each year.

Selection for these scholarships will be on the basis of musical and academic ability, and potential. 

How do I apply for the scholarship?
Applicants, who play an appropriate instrument, will be selected at audition stage.  

In the event that there are more than 3 suitable candidates, priority will be given to those from the lowest income households.

Alan Hawkshaw is a successful composer of television and file scores.  The Alan Hawkshaw Foundation has been established to put investment back into the industry by supporting gifted musicians and provide young musicians with opportunities they would otherwise not have access to.

The Reuben Vincent Trombone Scholarship

Two scholarships of £2,500 each are available for principal trombonists, for the purchase of a new trombone.  These are in memory of Reuben Vincent, who was an accomplished jazz trombonist and successful businessman. 

How do I apply for the scholarship?
Suitable candidates are identified after enrolment and invited to apply.

Leeds Cathedral Scholarships

Four choral scholarships, one choral conducting scholarship and one organ scholarship, are available to undergraduates on any pathway.  

Scholars are paid £1,000 and up to an additional £500 for extra events. 

How do I apply for the scholarship?
The award is by application and audition during enrolment week.  Read more about Leeds Cathedral choirs here.

Other Funding Sources

British Army Music Bursary Scheme

Offering music students £9,250 a year for up to 3 years of academic study and a job. Open to both Master's and Bachelor's programmes, students must be studying for a degree in music performance.

Upon graduation, successful Bursars will be required to complete four years military service as a performing musician.

Interested musicians should register their interest via this link: British Army Music Bursary Application Form

  • Closing date for 2021 applications: 11th December 2020
  • Auditions will be held February 2021
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As well as talks specific to the courses you're interested in, you can also chat to members of our Student Support Team about your application, support for students with disabilities, tuition fees and more.

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