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BBC launches £1 million Fame Academy Bursary

Proceeds from Fame Academy to support young musicians

The BBC has launched a major new bursary aimed at helping young musicians across the country.

The BBC will be making in excess of £1 million available over the next three years to the Fame Academy Bursary.

It will provide up to 400 musical instrument awards (worth up to £1,200 each), for young people aged between 11 and 15, and five educational grants to aspiring young musicians aged between 16 and 30.

The BBC's profits from record sales and voting from the first series of Fame Academy will be used to nurture musical excellence in young people and encourage them to pursue their musical ambitions.

Instrument and equipment awards will be given to young music makers with a proven passion for music and who are looking for a new instrument or musical equipment.

Substantial educational awards will be given which could support a musician through three years of advanced musical development and education - including dance, vocal, performance or academic musical training, perhaps in a further education college or music school.

When Fame Academy returns later this year, all the profits from the voting will be given to the Bursary scheme to help even more young people buy instruments, equipment or take up a fulltime educational course in music.

The bursary has been established in conjunction with Youth Music, a respected charity which brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the scheme, especially in the areas of providing both music making and music education to young people all over the country.

The Fame Academy Bursary is looking for young people who are exceptionally talented and passionate about making music.

Award winners might be playing in a band, or honing turntable skills, or locked away composing music on a computer or writing songs.

The awards will be given to young people with a genuine love for music, a proven commitment to performing and creating music and a wish to further develop their musical talent.

A board of trustees has been set up to oversee the management of the scheme.

The members are:

Jane Lush, Controller, BBC Entertainment Commissioning (Chair of the Trustees);

Alan Yentob, Director, BBC Drama, Entertainment and Children's;

Andy Parfitt, Controller, BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra;

Stuart Murphy, Controller, BBC THREE;

Sally Stote, Head of Operations, Youth Music;

Anne Gilchrist, Head of Entertainment, BBC Children's;

Marc Jaffrey, BBC Music Learning Education Executive;

John Kieffer, Director of Performing Arts and Head of Music for the British Council:

Michael Hastings CBE, Head of BBC Corporate Social Responsibility and Chairman of Crime Concern;

and Lorna Clarke, Head of BBC Talent.

The trustees are in the process of applying for status as a registered charity.

Applicants can apply online for the first round of instrument awards.

An online application form is available from the Fame Academy Bursary website:

An online call centre will be open from 8.00am to 10.00pm explaining how to get free local online access to an application form. The number is 0800 771 234.

The instrument awards are open to 11 to 15-year-olds.

The closing date for applications is 19 July 2003, although in order to maximize the amount of money available for awards, only the first 7,000 completed applications will be considered.

Applications for the educational grants will open on 1 August 2003, when forms will be made available on the website -

These awards will be open to young people aged between 16 and 30-years-old.

Details of both schemes can also be found on Ceefax page 623 or from the Fame Academy Bursary Hotline - 08705 100 777.

Notes to Editors

Fame Academy Bursary website

Fame Academy website

Fame Academy series two (02.05.03)

Set up in 1999 with Lottery funding through Arts Council England, Youth Music is a charity providing music-making opportunities for children and young people up to the age of 18 who principally live in areas of social and economic need.

By the end of 2005 Youth Music aims to have reached more than one million people, providing many of them with their first ever music-making experiences.

Youth Music funds programmes and schemes which support music-making principally outside school hours, in communities, youth clubs and groups where music-making can be introduced and developed amongst young people who otherwise may not have the opportunity.



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