Abbey Road Studios Scholarship Programme for Black Students

Scholarship for aspiring producers and engineers

Abbey Road Studios enters its second year of offering a Scholarship for two Black British 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 students to study on our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering starting in May 2022. 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 that 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, before joining the Abbey Road Studios team as a runner and progressing to Assistant Engineer.

- 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

Step 1 | Apply for 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 along with your Scholarship Statement. 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 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 your supporting Scholarship Statement explaining how you meet the entry criteria and how you would benefit from the scholarship. Guidance below.

Step 2 | Write your Scholarship Statement
As part of your application, you will need to include your Scholarship Statement. Your statement should be a maximum of 500 words and demonstrate your motivation and passion for the field of music production and sound engineering, how you would benefit from this opportunity and confirm you meet the scholarship criteria.

Step 3 | 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. The Scholarship will help students who would be unable to fund their studies without financial support and as such you will need to submit evidence of your household income. After you have submitted the form below we will send you guidance on how to evidence your household income.

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

  • Submit your completed application for the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering
  • Be one of the following ethnicities: 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)
  • Be a UK passport holder
  • Be aged between 18 – 25

Step 4 | Selection and interview for the Advanced Diploma and Abbey Road Studios Scholarship
The application deadline is Friday 18th of March 2022. After the deadline has passed we will review all applications and shortlist candidates. Those that are successfully shortlisted will be taken forwards for interviews. The two successful candidates will be chosen during these interviews and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of April 2022.

If you need any support with your application please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will be very happy to offer guidance and support. Email us at

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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.

    Ian Ramage, Lecturer