Give talent a chance

Music teaching in schools has declined severely in recent years. The talent is there, but the opportunities are not.

We need to give the best musicians from every background the high-quality music training they need to discover their gift.

Tomorrow’s Sheku or Elton? Without you, we may never know.

Meet every student’s needs

As fees and living expenses increase, students make choices based on cost rather than opportunity.

We want every successful applicant to come here knowing that they will receive the right support for their talent and circumstances. With your gift to the Principal’s Fund, you will take finances out of the equation.

Make this place sing

How can we push boundaries if we don’t stay at the cutting edge?

The rehearsal studio, the stage and the recording studio are everything to a musician. Students need facilities that prepare them for a fast-moving, increasingly digital industry. That means continual investment in the latest technology and the finest performance spaces.

Bring the world of music to us…

Tomorrow’s best-selling singer needs the right mentors, friends and collaborators today.

Endowing our key teaching posts will mean that the world’s most inspiring artists can come here ready to shape our students’ futures.

…And send it back out into the world

Our students don’t just study music’s past. They spark its future, and for that they need support beyond the classroom.

They need a curriculum that is ever more dynamic and relevant, one that turns young musicians into entrepreneurial artists who can build careers with flair and flexibility. And they need the emotional strength and resilience to pursue vocations that can be as daunting as they are fulfilling.

The idea is simple: offer places to the most talented young musicians, then provide the financial support they need to finish their studies.

If we achieve our aim, the Academy will become the first UK conservatoire to meet every student’s full financial needs. We will change the nature of who makes music. But we can only do this with your help.

Frequently asked questions about the Principal’s Fund

Q: Why is a scheme like this necessary?

Home and EU undergraduate fees: £9,250/year

International student fees: £20,000+/year

Average cost to live in London: £12,000/year (including food, rent, transport, utilities)

Average debt of a UK graduate: £46,000-£51,600 (according to Sutton Trust)

A: Students come to the Academy to receive musical training of the highest quality at a leading conservatoire. But as the cost of living and fees rise, students have no choice but to consider finances when deciding where to study.

Exceptional young musicians should be able to realise their dreams and study at the place of their choice. We believe they should be able to do this without accruing a staggering amount of debt. This is particularly important for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are not the only conservatoire in the UK to identify this need, but we will be among the first to address it head on.

Currently we can only provide scholarships and bursaries to some of the gifted musicians who earn a place here. The Principal’s Fund will offer support to every qualified student who needs it.

Q: What kind of financial support will the Fund provide?

A: The Principal’s Fund will award scholarships (based on merit) and bursaries (based on need), up to and including 100% of a student’s fees or living costs. Exceptional students may receive both. In most cases, this support will continue over the duration of study.

Q: Who determines which students receive awards?

A: All students eligible for funding must complete the audition process and earn a place, competing against all other applicants. Once a student has been accepted, the Head of Department will work with the Principal and Senior Management Team to determine whether they qualify for an award. Decisions may be based on skill, experience, discipline, recommendations or financial need.

Q: Will funding only support undergraduates?

A: Both undergraduate and postgraduate students will be eligible to receive Principal’s Fund support.

Q: What obligations does a student have once they receive funding?

A: All Principal’s Fund scholars are required to submit a yearly report on their progress and, in some cases, a letter thanking their donors. We collect and publish a selection of these in our annual Awards Report, which we send to all Principal’s Fund donors.

The following individuals and organisations supported the launch of the Principal’s Fund during the 2018/19 academic year, and are therefore recognised as Founding Members.

Download list of Founding Members

Support the Susie Sainsbury Theatre

The opening of the Susie Sainsbury Theatre and Angela Burgess Recital Hall marked a new era in performance at the Academy, but you can still play a vital part in this project. Your support today will ensure that we can preserve and enjoy this handsome space for years to come. We will recognise your gift in the following ways:

  • With your gift of £50 – name one of the theatre’s hanging crystal lights (your inscription, up to 40 characters, will be recorded in a bound volume exhibited in the foyer)
  • With your gift of £125 – inscribe a name on one of the theatre’s engraved wall plates
  • With your gift of £1,500 or more – sponsor a seat in the stalls or balcony, with your message of recognition or inspiration

Make your gift today

Contact Kurstin Finch Gnehm, Deputy Director of Philanthropy, on 020 7873 7425 or kgnehm@ram.ac.uk.

Sponsor a seat, light or wall plate in their name

For the first time in Academy history, families and friends can honour the extraordinary achievement of a graduating student by dedicating a seat, wall plate or crystal light in their name in the Susie Sainsbury Theatre. With your gift, you ensure that your chosen dedicatee takes their place as a permanent part of Academy history – and that the students that follow in their footsteps can continue learn, grow and perform in this award-winning space.

It only takes a moment to make your gift, and the inscription – the student’s name, department or instrument and graduation year, or a personal message – will last as long as the memories.

  • With your gift of £50 – name one of the theatre’s hanging crystal lights (your inscription, up to 40 characters, will be recorded in a bound volume exhibited in the foyer)
  • With your gift of £125 – inscribe your loved one’s name on one of the theatre’s engraved wall plates (up to 20 characters including spaces)
  • With your gift of £1,500 or more – sponsor a seat in the stalls or balcony, with your message of recognition or inspiration (up to three lines of 26 characters each, including spaces)

Make your gift today

If you have any questions about giving to the Academy, please contact Kurstin Finch Gnehm, Deputy Director of Philanthropy, on 020 7873 7425 or kgnehm@ram.ac.uk.

Thank you!

As a donor to the Academy, you may choose to establish a prize for outstanding student achievement. To create a new prize, we require a commitment of £5,000 per year for at least two years. You will be invited to name the prize and work with the Head of Department to determine the criteria on which the prize will be awarded.

You may also choose to award your prize as part of a competition. The prize will be managed by the Academy’s Concerts and Prizes Team. In addition to the sum awarded, we ask donors to cover any extra costs related to the competition. These may include:

  • adjudicators (please note: donors may not serve as adjudicators)
  • printed materials
  • catering or a reception
  • accompanists

If you would like to establish a prize at the Academy, please contact Kurstin Finch Gnehm, Deputy Director of Philanthropy, on 020 7873 7425 or kgnehm@ram.ac.uk.