launches £1 million Fame Academy Bursary
from Fame Academy to support young musicians
BBC has launched a major new bursary aimed at helping young musicians
across the country.
BBC will be making in excess of £1 million available over
the next three years to the Fame Academy Bursary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Fame Academy Bursary is looking for young people who are exceptionally
talented and passionate about making music.
winners might be playing in a band, or honing turntable skills,
or locked away composing music on a computer or writing songs.
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.
of trustees has been set up to oversee the management of the scheme.
Lush, Controller, BBC Entertainment Commissioning (Chair of the
Yentob, Director, BBC Drama, Entertainment and Children's;
Parfitt, Controller, BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra;
Murphy, Controller, BBC THREE;
Stote, Head of Operations, Youth Music;
Gilchrist, Head of Entertainment, BBC Children's;
Jaffrey, BBC Music Learning Education Executive;
Kieffer, Director of Performing Arts and Head of Music for the British
Hastings CBE, Head of BBC Corporate Social Responsibility and Chairman
of Crime Concern;
Lorna Clarke, Head of BBC Talent.
trustees are in the process of applying for status as a registered
can apply online for the first round of instrument awards.
online application form is available from the Fame Academy Bursary
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.
instrument awards are open to 11 to 15-year-olds.
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.
for the educational grants will open on 1 August 2003, when
forms will be made available on the website - www.bbc.co.uk/fameacademy/bursary/index.shtml.
awards will be open to young people aged between 16 and 30-years-old.
of both schemes can also be found on Ceefax page 623 or from the
Fame Academy Bursary Hotline - 08705 100 777.
Academy Bursary website
Academy series two (02.05.03)
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.
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
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.