Applications for the Music Publishers Association’s 2016 Richard Toeman Scholarship Scheme are now open.
Established in 2006, the Scholarship has supported and advanced the progress of outstanding candidates within the music publishing sector – offering two individuals each year, both an entrant with less than five years’ experience of the business and a final year student/recent graduate, the opportunity to benefit from tailor-made packages of support.
These include free entry to MPA training and professional development courses, networking opportunities at MPA social events and, for final year students or recent graduates, assistance in securing a relevant work placement.
The two winning applicants will also receive £500 towards further training and professional career coaching of their choice.
Full details of the Scholarship are now available on the MPA website, with entries closing on Monday 25th April 2016.
The two successful applicants will be announced at the MPA AGM in June 2016.
Claire McAuley, General Manager of the MPA said:
“Over the past ten years, the Richard Toeman Scholarship has gained a deserved reputation for fast tracking the careers of talented young people, boosting the skills, knowledge and contacts that will help them thrive in the music publishing sector. Last year the standard of applications was extremely high, and we look forward to hearing from the students, graduates and employees that represent the future of our business.”
Previous beneficiaries of the Scholarship have gone on to work for a wide range of music publishing businesses and related organisations including Universal Music Publishing, Schott Music and BSkyB.
Last year, the Publisher category was won by Henry Stanislaw, Marketing & Licensing Assistant at Imagem, while Nick Gibbons, a Music Industry Management & Enterprise graduate at London Metropolitan University triumphed in the Student category.
Nick, who was encouraged to apply by his tutor, now works for Touch Tones Music. He said:
“Getting my current job was 100% down to the Richard Toeman Scholarship. Attending the MPA’s induction course and networking events put me in a room full of the people I needed to be speaking to.”
The Scholarship is named in memory of Richard Toeman who died suddenly in March 2005 following a successful 40-year career at Josef Weinberger Ltd. Throughout his career Richard gave generously of his time and expertise to the MPA and to the music publishing business as a whole.