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Abbey Road Studios announces new scholarship programme for Black students

Abbey Road Studios has launched a brand new initiative which will help two Black students complete an advanced diploma in music production and engineering through their music scholarship programme. It’s a keen step forward that we’re all happy to see the esteemed studio taking.

The iconic recording studio has revealed that as part of these scholarship schemes, the students will also take on a year-long engineering apprenticeship at Abbey Road. It’s set to start in 2021 and it will not only see Abbey Road cover the full cost of the course fees but it will also contribute towards living expenses for two Black British students annually to study on Abbey Road Institute’s Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering.

Following successfully completing the course, the two graduates will then be offered a year-long trainee engineering role within Abbey Road Studios which will give them the opportunity to take their training into the real world at London’s most historic recording studio. The scholarship programme is the first initiative announced by Abbey Road who are hoping to make the world of music production a more equal world.

“I’m thrilled that this programme will create new opportunities for aspiring young engineers by giving them not just the educational foundation, but also the benefit of practical experience working with the best artists, composers and engineers in the industry,” said Isabel Garvey, Abbey Road’s managing director.

“Abbey Road has always been about training the best studio talent, so it’s brilliant that the Scholarship will help diversify the next generation of engineering professionals from the ground up,” Garvey added.

Singer-songwriter Raye will also be involved in offering help and support to the students who are taking part in the scheme, offering an array of help and guidance as part of the programme.

“I’m so proud to be part of this brilliant initiative to encourage more Black students down the path of music production and audio engineering,” Raye noted. “Black producers and engineers are under-represented in the professional recording environment and we need to address that. During my time at The BRIT School I learned how important music education is and it’s been instrumental in helping me get further in life.”

Raye concluded: “This is such an incredible opportunity to obtain the highest levels of technical training at one of the world’s most iconic recording studios! I’m very much looking forward to meeting and working with the successful applicants and being a part of your amazing journey!”

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