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NATSIMO, Abbey Road Institute and Studios 301 scholarship

Media Published Monday 15 November 2021

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music creators are encouraged to apply for a fully-paid scholarship to complete the one-year Abbey Road Advanced Diploma of Music Industry course.

The course aims to build a music professional’s capability in music production or sound engineering.

Applications are open now and will close on Friday 10 December, 11:59PM AEDT.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music creators from across the country are invited to apply for a fully-paid scholarship to complete the one-year Abbey Road Advanced Diploma of Music Industry course, offered in partnership by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office (NATSIMO), Abbey Road Institute Australia and Studios 301.

Designed by industry for industry, the Advanced Diploma of Music Industry course aims to build a music professional’s capability in music production or sound engineering so they can take their career to the next level.

This package is valued at a total of $30,000, which includes a $25,000 scholarship from Abbey Road Institute and a $5,000 study bursary from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office and APRA AMCOS.

The program is an introduction to the recording industry's global network, with the participant learning from experts, including guest lecturers and multi-award-winning professionals, and getting hands-on experience with industry-standard equipment and studios. Through access to broad networks consisting of sound engineers, music producers, artists and music business professionals, the program participant will gain insights into the breadth of the recording industry and use this to develop their personal career path.

Regular recording sessions will be facilitated in Studios 301 to ensure the participant has access to some of the best recording facilities in the world.

"We are exited to announce this wonderful partnership with Abbey Road and Studios 301, and to facilitate and encourage more opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians and engineers to engage in studies that can benefit their creative practice and further career pathways," said Leah Flanagan, Director, NATSIMO.

"This scholarship can completely change someone's career trajectory and benefit so many others."

"After previously working with the NATSIMO team, Studios 301 and Abbey Road Institute Sydney are very excited to be partnering on this initiative to provide an opportunity to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander creatives the chance to immerse themselves in our community of creatives and further their career in the music industry," said Ron Haryanto, General Manager, Studios 301 and CEO, Abbey Road Institute Australia.

"We look at this as the beginning of the journey for the scholarship, which we hope will have a longer lasting and meaningful impact on upcoming engineering, production and musical talent."

The scholarship activity will take place in NSW, but applicants from across Australia are welcome to apply. The successful applicant will be responsible for any travel, relocation and accommodation costs.

On completion, the successful applicant will graduate with an Advanced Diploma that is recognised by the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) – (Qualification Code CUA60515).


SELECTION CRITERIA AND PROCESS

  • Applicants should be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and be recognised by their community.
  • Applicants must have experience in and be actively working in music production and sound engineering
  • Applications may be in writing, or in a digital format such as video or audio.
  • Applicants must submit three examples of their music production work, a one page statement as to why they want to take part in this opportunity and provide contact details for two referees who are able to comment on their music capability and experience and their commitment to building a music career.
  • Applicants from all over Australia are encouraged to apply and will need to demonstrate that, if successful, they will be able to be based in NSW to attend the course.
  • Selection interviews will be conducted by NATSIMO in partnership with Abbey Road Institute Australia and they will jointly select the successful candidate. .

The successful applicant will be notified in mid-late December.