Royal Blood Scholarship

Brighton's own announces 2021 scholarship with WaterBear - The College of Music

Following the success of the first WaterBear Royal Blood Scholarship in 2020, the award-winning rock duo have announced that another scholarship will be offered with WaterBear in their name for September 2021. Hailing from Brighton, Royal Blood have an instant connection to the music college which is based in the famous North Laine area of the city.

The scholarship will cover all tuition fees for one lucky student throughout their degree at WaterBear. The course eligible for the scholarship award is the BA (Hons) Career Musician which can be studied on-site in Brighton, or online via distance learning - this gives musicians the choice to study in a way that suits them from wherever they are in the world.

With a commitment to smaller class sizes, flexible course delivery and one-to-one mentoring, WaterBear represents a fresh approach to Higher Education.

Royal Blood says:

“It’s great to be teaming up with WaterBear again to offer this Scholarship award. We know how much this can make a difference to a new artist starting out and we can’t wait to hear the results.”

Last year’s Scholarship award winner, Avery Green, also had these words to say:

“An offer of a three-year scholarship such as the one so generously offered by Royal Blood is a life changing opportunity that should certainly not be disregarded by anyone considering applying for the Career Musician course at WaterBear. With my tuition fees covered, I have been given the privilege of not having to worry about how long it might take to pay off my loans, allowing me to focus on further developing my career as an artist as soon as I leave university. You miss all of the shots you don’t take, so, take this one!”

1. Email

2. Provide a personal statement telling us about your background, your music and why you would benefit from this scholarship. Tell us where you would like to take your music in the future. This can be submitted in a written format (approx. 1000 words) or a video (approx. 5 minutes).

Include links to at least 3 filmed or recorded performances. These can be studio or live performances; phone video is fine and audio quality needs to be good enough that we can clearly identify the parts and performances. If you are sending a collaborative performance, please make your own contribution clear.

Deadline for applications is Friday 20th August 2021.

3. It is very important that you confirm in the email that you have read and understood the Terms & Conditions (see below).

4. WaterBear will be in contact shortly afterwards to schedule a consultation to discuss your scholarship application and the degree course itself. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have about the course.
5. For consultation guidelines, click here.

The new BA (Hons) Career Musician degree is designed to give you the perfect blend of artistic freedom alongside practical strategies to forge your own career. The degree is built on three fundamental elements – your music, your career and your projects. It deals with what really matters in the industry. It will expand your options and push you to create original, boundary-shifting music. It’s fully accredited and run in close partnership with one of the UK’s leading specialist universities for the creative industries, Falmouth University.


Applications to the Royal Blood Scholarship award by students enrolling or enrolled on the BA (Hons) Career Musician or the BA (Hons) Commercial Music courses at WaterBear are subject to the following Terms and Conditions:

  1. One (1) Royal Blood Scholarship place is available for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. The successful recipient of the Scholarship award will be selected by an independent industry panel whose decision will be final.
  2. The Scholarship award application is open to new students applying to study on the BA (Hons) Career Musician course, or new and existing students studying the BA (Hons) Commercial Music course.
  3. Applications can be submitted from Monday 11th January 2021 and will remain open until Friday 20th August 2021.  The successful applicant will be announced on Friday 27th August 2021.
  4. The successful recipient of the Royal Blood Scholarship award will be notified by email from WaterBear to inform them directly of the decision. WaterBear will celebrate the news of the Scholarship award being made by running the story across the usual media outlets.
  5. The Scholarship award will cover tuition fees for the 3-year BA (Hons) Career Musician course (on-site), or the 2-year accelerated course (online).
  6. For students studying the BA (Hons) Commercial Music course, the scholarship award will cover the remaining course tuition fee amount.
  7. The Scholarship award does not cover living expenses. However, the 3-year on-site degree courses qualify for maintenance loans. Currently, fully online degrees do not qualify for a maintenance loan.
  8. Course entry requirements apply. WaterBear welcomes applications from non-standard applicants and mature students. WaterBear can advise on your suitability for the course.
  9. International applications are welcome. WaterBear does not have Tier 4 status. This means that, depending on your location and status, you may not have the option of studying on-site. However, our online degree courses can be studied regardless of location.
  10. The successful recipient of the Royal Blood Scholarship award agrees to participate in press and PR opportunities as required and to provide quotes and updates where appropriate.
  11. WaterBear Education will immediately cease any award associated with the Royal Blood Scholarship being made if: a)The student in receipt of the Royal Blood Scholarship withdraws from the programme of study; b)The student in receipt of the Royal Blood Scholarship is suspended or excluded from WaterBear; c)The student in receipt of the Royal Blood Scholarship is unable to continue their studies at WaterBear; d)The student in receipt of the Royal Blood Scholarship has made any misrepresentation or acted fraudulently or dishonestly in their application.
  12. WaterBear Education reserves the right to withdraw the Scholarship and associated awards if any of these terms and conditions are not met. There is no cash or cash equivalent associated with this Scholarship award.
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