MPA opens applications for Richard Toeman Scholarship

The Music Publishers Association (MPA) is now inviting budding music publishers to apply for the 2019 Richard Toeman Scholarship (RTS), which is part of their roster of training and professional development events.

The scholarship will be awarded to two candidates, one will go to someone with less that five years’ experience in music publishing, and one to a final year student or recent graduate interested in music publishing.

The RTS was established in 2006 and the winners of this year’s awards will receive free or discounted entry to MPA training and professional development courses, an invitation to MPA socials and quizzes, and £500 towards further training and professional development.

In addition, the candidates will also benefit from business coaching provided by an independent consultant, plus subsequent assistance.

The final year student, or recent graduate, will also have support from the MPA in securing a relevant work placement.

Paul Clements, chief executive, MPA Group says: ‘The MPA understands how important it is to nurture the next generation of music publishers. Now in its 13th year, RTS continues to support the development of newcomers with bright prospects to benefit our industry. Whether working at major international publishing companies or independent publishers, past awardees have gone on to lead successful and notable careers.’

Tom Bladon, grand rights licensing administrator, Music Sales Group (RTS 2018 Student recipient) adds: ‘Receiving the RTS at the start of my career has given me the confidence, knowledge and platform to break into the Music Publishing world. I have taken part in numerous training, networking and social opportunities, all of which have been invaluable to me.’

The deadline for applications for the RTS is Monday 29 April, and the successful candidates will be announced at the MPA AGM in July 2019.

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