NEWS: Sony Music UK Announce Two Scholarships At The Royal Academy Of Music

Sony Music UK today announced two scholarships to study at the Royal Academy of Music, funded by the UK arm of Sony Music Group’s Global Social Justice Fund, created in June 2020 to support social justice, equal rights, and anti-racist initiatives around the world.

Sony Music UK has partnered with leading pianist, composer & producer Alexis Ffrench, who is signed exclusively to Sony Music Masterworks and attended the Academy as a student, to launch the scholarship positions which are for black UK or international undergraduate students. Applications are open for all courses for the academic year starting September 2022. Suitable candidates will be considered for a scholarship once they have been offered a place.

Sony Music Group’s Social Justice Fund was established in response to the global demand to tackle racial and societal injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the global phenomenon of the Black Lives Matter movement. Social Justice Fund beneficiaries are chosen by a diverse advisory board representing labels and divisions across Sony Music UK.

The Royal Academy of Music moves music forward by inspiring successive generations of musicians to connect, collaborate and create. It is the meeting point between the traditions of the past and the talent of the future, seeking out and supporting the musicians today whose music will move the world tomorrow.

To remove potential barriers to the application process, everyone who applies is offered an audition in the form of a submitted performance video, with no pre-screening. No formal music grades need to have been achieved, changing the pre-conceived notions of what it means to be an artist of limitless potential in the 21st century. Full information on auditioning for a place at the Academy can be found on its website:

The Academy is looking for the promise of today to create the artists of tomorrow. Applicants must display the potential to learn and grow, must be able to demonstrate the ability to express their own musical idea and their unique musical voice, show their innate love of music and be prepared to work hard to find the best way of sharing their musical ideas with the world, whilst receiving expert tuition and support along the way.

Alexis Ffrench noted: “It is an honour to create scholarships supporting and nurturing the talent of black students at the Royal Academy of Music in partnership with Sony Music UK. I was fortunate to study at this prestigious, world-leading conservatoire and experienced first-hand the benefits of its teaching, resources, and community. I am proud to lend my name to these new scholarships and I hope that together we can reimagine new and inclusive pathways and possibilities for 21st century musicianship, where all voices may be heard through this positive action for change”.

For more information on life at the Royal Academy of Music, the application process, finances and career development, applicants are encouraged to sign up for Virtual Open Days and follow Royal Academy of Music and Alexis Ffrench