Abbey Road Studios enters third year of its Scholarship Programme for Black British students

Abbey Road Studios enters third year of its Scholarship Programme for Black British students

27th February 2023

Part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion in music production and sound engineering.

We are proud to be welcoming applications for the third year of the Abbey Road Scholarship Programme for young Black British producers and engineers. The world-renowned studios launched the initiative in 2021 to support up and coming Black music production students to study at Abbey Road Institute London on its specialist audio course and encourage greater diversity in the field of music production and sound engineering.

This unique opportunity provides two fully funded places on Abbey Road Institute’s Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering, as well as a contribution towards living costs. The additional financial support ensures that students who may need to relocate to London from another part of the UK are able to do so. On completion of the course, there is an option for the successful students to progress onto a one-year work placement at Abbey Road Studios.

The Scholarship has already been hugely successful, with one of the first graduates to receive the scholarship (and only finished her studies in June 2022) having already been Grammy-nominated for her work on the album Breezy nominated in the 2023 Best RnB Album category. The Scholarship ensures that students who show great potential are able to access a course that helps propel their career forward.
The Abbey Road Scholarship programme is part of a developing series of initiatives from the London studios which enable more young people from diverse backgrounds from across the UK to enter and navigate the music industry in the field of production and engineering for which the studio is world-renowned.

Luca Barassi, CEO, Abbey Road Institute said: “We’re proud to attract the talented producers and engineers that study with us. The scholarship enables more students who might not have access to the funding needed to enrol on our Music Production diploma. The scholarship’s ethos reflects ours of bringing together different talents, mindsets, ideas, cultures and more within our education.”

Nia Clarke and Mercy Sotire, who were awarded the two Abbey Road Scholarship places in 2021 and are currently studying at Abbey Road Institute London share insights on their experiences on the programme so far and ambitions for the future:

Nia - “The course is jam packed with enriching information, it's fast paced and challenging in the best way. It has taken me out of my comfort zone in a way that is crucial for academic and professional progression. There is no one way to enter the music industry! There are thousands of important roles and careers that I wasn’t aware of before I joined Abbey Road Institute.”

Mercy - "As a scholarship recipient, being on the course has a different importance to me as a black, neurodivergent woman. I learned new concepts and met like-minded and talented people. I’ve learned and understood things I never expected to know. My biggest takeaway is that I am more than capable to produce and create my own ideas - collaboration with others will only strengthen whatever I pursue.”

For more details on the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering:

For full details on the Scholarship programme, eligibility criteria and the application process go to:

Applicants have until Friday 17 March 2023 to submit their application for the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering and the Abbey Road Scholarship Programme.

Applicants will need to evidence how they meet the entry criteria in a supporting Scholarship Statement submitted along with their application. The admissions team at Abbey Road Institute London are on hand to offer support and guidance with the Scholarship application process.

The successful applicants will be announced in April 2023 and will enrol in May 2023.


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