Royal College of Music

Royal College of Music (RCM) Scholarships 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 Scholarships Fund aims to ensure that financial circumstances do not prevent talented students from fulfilling their potential.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (309268)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Music tuition is expensive, as is the ever rising cost of living in London. The financial pressures on RCM students are acute and the cost of tuition fees deter many gifted students from applying. Our students have the ability to become the leading musicians of the next generation and to contribute significantly to the worldwide musical community. A lack of financial support for music students will, in time, drastically affect the positive sociocultural impact that music has on our society.


We are committed to attracting and nurturing exceptional musicians who can go on to share their gifts with the world. Our Scholarships Programme gives students, irrespective of their background, the opportunity to excel in their studies without financial worries. Currently 57% of our students receive some form of financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition fees and living during their studies. Our long-term aim and ultimate vision is to provide scholarships to all our students.

  • Without financial support from the RCM, I would have found it impossible to make it into the profession. It’s at this stage that investment in talent is most effective. By supporting the College’s most talented young students, you are playing your part in ensuring the future of classical music.

    — John Wilson, Conductor and RCM alumnus

  • Scholarship support has allowed me to achieve my aspiration of studying in the UK. Now I can focus on my studies, enjoy world-class tuition and forge connections with individuals who are as passionate about making music as I am.

    — Oliver Lee, Scholar at the RCM

  • Receiving a scholarship at the Royal College of Music is a powerful gift. It is invaluable financial support but is so much more. It is trust in culture and, even more importantly, trust in the future of music.

    — Emilia Utter, Scholar at the RCM

  • No student should be denied an RCM education for want of funds. We endeavour to find and support those students with the very highest potential, wherever they come from and whatever their circumstances.

    — Professor Colin Lawson CBE FRCM, Director of the RCM