Abbey Road Studios Diversity Scholarship Programme

Scholarship for aspiring producers and engineers

Abbey Road Studios has returned with its Diversity Scholarship Programme for 2024. It will support two students, from under-represented groups in the field of music production and sound engineering, to study at Abbey Road Institute London. 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 on 28th May 2024. There is an option for the successful students to progress onto a year-long work placement at Abbey Road Studios.

The scholarship is part of Abbey Road’s established programme of initiatives to support greater diversity within the music industry including outreach work, events, workshops and mentoring with schools and charities across the UK aimed at opening the door for more young people into careers in music. 

The Diversity Scholarship aims to support a broad group of applicants from backgrounds which are underrepresented in the field of music production and sound engineering. This includes, but is not limited to, those from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds, women and those from low income households. The committee awarding the scholarship will specifically look to help those who don’t have the financial resources to study on the course or study for a year in London.

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.

*Applications for 2024 are now closed and will reopen in the new year for candidates in 2025.*

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

Since graduating in 2022, Justina Bryce has gone on to work at Abbey Road Studios as a Runner, and has worked on sessions including Stormzy.

- Justina Bryce

After graduating, Callum became a runner at Abbey Road Studios and also works freelance as a producer/engineer.

- Calum Waddington

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

*Applications for 2024 are now closed and will reopen in 2025*

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 for the course 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 Video Scholarship Statement explaining how you meet the entry criteria and how you would benefit from the scholarship. Guidance below.

Step 2 | Film your Scholarship Statement
As part of your application, you will need to include your Scholarship Statement. Your statement should be a 2-3 minute video that demonstrates 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 from a background underrepresented in the field of audio and production, this includes but is not limited to those from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic Backgrounds, women and those from low income households
  • Require financial support to enrol on the Diploma
  • Be a UK passport holder
  • Be aged between 18 – 25

Step 4 | Selection and interview for the Advanced Diploma and Abbey Road Studios Scholarship
After the deadline has passed, we will review all applications and shortlist candidates. Those who are successfully shortlisted will be taken forward 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 2025.

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

*Applications for 2024 are now closed and will open again in 2025.*

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    An inspiring and incredibly well designed course that gave me the best musical education I could have dreamt of. Life-altering.

    David Dargahi, Alumni

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

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    This course has helped to develop me into a well rounded producer, engineer, and musician. It has helped open doors to career opportunities that I would otherwise not have had access to. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the fantastic team, course, and resources available at Abbey Road Institute London!

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