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Abbey Road Institute launches scholarship for black music production students

By | Published on Wednesday 28 October 2020

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Abbey Road Studios has announced a new scholarship scheme, which will allow two black students per year to attend its Abbey Road Institute music production school for free. Following the completion of their studies, they will also be offered a year-long engineering work placement in the studios themselves, as part of a bid to improve diversity in the audio industry.

Successful applicants for the scholarship will earn a place on Abbey Road Institute’s Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering course. Applications will be considered by a selection panel, which will include singer-songwriter Raye.

“I’m so proud to be part of this brilliant initiative to encourage more black students down the path of music production and audio engineering”, says Raye. “Black producers and engineers are under-represented in the professional recording environment and we need to address that. During my time at The BRIT School I learned how important music education is and it’s been instrumental in helping me get further in life”.

Abbey Road Institute CEO Luca Barassi adds: “Our ethos has always been to expand the range of diverse creative and technical minds aspiring to work in professional audio. The new scholarship will help this in two ways: by funding students who may not have previously been able to join the programme, and by creating more awareness of the audio industry for younger generations who may now find their goal of becoming a music professional more achievable”.

You can find more information on the scholarship and how to apply here.