Abbey Road Scholarship Programme for Black Students

Scholarship for aspiring producers and engineers

Abbey Road Studios is offering a Scholarship for two black students to study at Abbey Road Institute London, followed by a year-long engineering work placement at the world-famous studios. The Scholarship covers the full cost of the course fees and a contribution towards living expenses for two black students to study on our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering in June 2021. Upon successful completion of the course, the two graduates will progress into a year-long trainee role within Abbey Road Studios.

Abbey Road Institute is a small specialist music production school which was established in 2015 to provide a highly specialised one-year programme for aspiring audio professionals. The course curriculum was created in collaboration with the Studio team and professionals from across all areas of the music industry from producers and engineers to music business experts. The Institute’s Advanced Diploma brings together both the creative and technical elements of recording and producing music preparing students for the realities of the music industry.

Abbey Road Scholarship Programme

What to expect

  • One-year intensive training at Abbey Road Institute

    An intensive vocational education on our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering

  • Learn alongside fellow creatives

    Immerse yourself in a programme with other aspiring music producers and audio engineers and musicians

  • Develop your skills in a professional studio setting

    Learn the fundamentals of recording in our industry-standard studios and with access to the latest gear, equipment and DAWs

  • Real World experience at Abbey Road

    On successful completion of your studies join Abbey Road Studios for a year-long work placement with the studio team

  • Grow your music industry network

    Throughout your time at the Institute and Studios build your music industry network to launch your career

Meet our Graduates

Marta completed her studies in 2019 and has now joined the team at Abbey Road Studios as a runner.

- Marta Di Nozzi

Ashyar graduated in 2017 and moved to Mumbai and now works at Island City Studios where he works as a recording and mix engineer.

- Ashyar Balsar

Joana graduated in 2018 and has moved to France to pursue her career as an artist, regularly releasing new music.

- Joana Selome

Adolfo graduated in 2018 and moved to Valencia where he now works at Berklee College of Music as an Academic Technology Assistant.

- Adolfo Suarez

Ramera graduated in 2018 and now works as an Assistant Engineer at Metropolis Studios and a freelance vocal engineer and producer.

- Ramera Abraham

Ed graduated in 2019 and works for Denmark Street Studios as well as juggling freelance work writing, producing and engineering.

- Ed Shaw

How to apply

To be eligible to apply for the Scholarship you will firstly need to apply, be interviewed and receive an offer for a place on the course.

Step 1 | Apply for and secure your place on our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering

Ensure that you meet the entry requirements for the course, gather all your documentation together and submit it via our online application portal. The full list of entry requirements and guidance on how to prepare your application can be found here on the course page. 

There is one difference in the application process for the course for scholarship applicants. We are waiving the £450 registration fee for scholarship applicants so you do not need to upload a payment receipt when you submit your application to the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering. We ask that in its place you upload a supporting statement explaining how you would benefit from the scholarship and how you meet the criteria which are detailed below in Step 2.

You can create an account and start your application here on our application portal. We are very happy to offer you any personal assistance we can with completing the application process via email, phone or skype – please do contact us with any questions you have.
Once you have submitted your application for the course we will review your application and if you meet all of the criteria above we will arrange an interview with you. You will need to apply for the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering by the 19th February 2021 to apply for the Scholarship programme.

Step 2 | Submit your Scholarship Application

Alongside your application to the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering you will also need to complete and submit the application form below.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship you will need to meet the following Scholarship criteria:

  • Your Advanced Diploma application has been successful and we have offered you a place on the course
  • You are one of the following categories of ethnicity: Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed – White and Black Caribbean; Mixed – White and Black African; or Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other)
  • You are a permanent UK resident
  • You are aged between 18 – 25

The Scholarship will help students who would be unable to fund their studies and as such, as part of your application, you will need to submit evidence of your household income.

The Scholarship will cover the full cost of the course fees for the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering as well as a contribution of up to £12,000 towards living costs for the year. This is to ensure that the successful candidates have the support needed should they be relocating from another part of the UK.

Step 3 | Interview for the Abbey Road Scholarship

Candidates who meet the entry criteria for the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering and the Abbey Road Scholarship will go through a shortlisting and interview process with the Scholarship selection panel. Scholarship interviews will take place in March 2021. The two successful candidates will be chosen during these interviews and Scholarship applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of March 2021.

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The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.

Andrea Mastroiacovo, Graduate 2018

Applying for the diploma was the best thing I could have done for my career. I'm really amazed at how much I learnt in one year.

Lizzie Arnold, Graduate 2019

There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.

Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Killing Joke)

I had an incredible experience. The staff have so much to offer and cover so many different areas of music.

Luke Glazewski, Graduate 2019

The course taught me what it means to be a producer and engineer in the industry, I learned things I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.

Marta Di Nozzi, Graduate 2019

It’s a unique experience in so many ways, the location, the calibre of guest lecturers and access to Abbey Road Studios for classes is pretty amazing. There aren't many places you get to record a full orchestra!

Jason O’Bryan, Lecturer

Come with an open mind and a voracious appetite to soak up the magic! Be prepared to work hard - you’ll get out what you put in.

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