Abbey Road Studios launches music scholarship program for black students
Abbey Road Studios has launched a music scholarship program that will help two black students earn advanced degrees in music production and engineering.
Famous London recording studios have announced the scholarship, which will also allow students to complete a one-year engineering apprenticeship at Abbey Road earlier today (October 27).
Scheduled to begin in 2021, the program, which is the first of its kind, will see Abbey Road cover full course fees and help towards the living costs of two British black students each year to study at Abbey Road Institute’s Advanced Diploma in music production and sound engineering.
Upon successful completion of the course, both graduates will be offered a one-year engineer-in-training position at Abbey Road Studios, giving them the opportunity to put into practice everything they have learned in the studios of ‘historical record.
The scholarship program is the first in a series of Abbey Road initiatives aimed at creating educational and mentoring opportunities for black youth, as part of a broader commitment to create meaningful change in the music production.
“I am delighted that this program creates new opportunities for young aspiring engineers by giving them not only the educational foundation but also the benefit of hands-on experience working with the best artists, composers and engineers in the industry. “said Isabel Garvey, General Manager of Abbey Road.
âAbbey Road has always been focused on nurturing the best studio talent, so it’s great that the scholarship is helping to diversify the next generation of engineering professionals from the ground up.â
British singer-songwriter Raye will be actively involved and offer support and advice as part of the program.
âI am very proud to be a part of this brilliant initiative to encourage more black students on the path of music production and audio engineering,â said Raye. âBlack producers and engineers are under-represented in the professional recording environment and we need to address this. During my time at the BRIT School, I learned how important music education is and it allowed me to go further in life.
âIt’s an incredible opportunity to get the highest levels of technical training in one of the world’s most iconic recording studios! I very much look forward to meeting and working with the successful applicants and being a part of your amazing journey! “
To learn more about the scholarship program, you can visit the official Abbey Road website.
Earlier this year, a London city crew repainted the Abbey Road level crossing made famous by the cover of the 1969 Beatles album of the same name, as the city was in lockdown to stem the spread of the coronavirus .
The crew quietly painted the tourist hotspot’s normally flooded crosswalk on March 24, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the shutdown of non-essential businesses on March 20.