How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?
As viewers vote each week for their favourite Maria, funds generated from the
phone voting lines will be set aside as a bursary to help those interested
learn more about or help seek a career in music and theatre. The
bursary is in two parts.
The Maria Bursary
A capped amount will be specifically set aside for the finalists
from the open auditions process who made it through to 'Maria school' (approximately
50 girls) to help them further their interest or career in the genre
after their experiences of this process.
The FAB Trust Bursary
This is an existing BBC Charitable Trust to which the rest
of the funds will be added.
It will be open to everyone with an
interest in - or seeking a career in - music or theatre, for example, a contribution towards fees for musical or theatrical education or lessons.
Applicants can apply for any sum of money up to a maximum
although most applications are likely to be for much smaller amounts.
Application forms will be made available and all applications
assessed by a selection panel.