UCAS announces new £2,500 prize for conservatoire students

Students across the UK have the opportunity to win up to £2,500 by creating a short video or writing an essay on their experience of life at their conservatoire.  

UCAS Conservatoires’ Take the Spotlight competition is open to anyone currently studying at one of eight specialist music colleges.

The next generation of talented musicians and performers will be applying for courses through UCAS Conservatoires. Current students’ work, performances and stories will serve as inspiration to others, showing them what’s possible when committing to several years of intense study.

Entries will be marked on their originality and insight in to the conservatoire experience as well as powerful expression and advocacy for studying at this high level.

Louise Evans, Head of Adviser Experience at UCAS, said:

'We want to see your passion for conservatoire life shine through in your entry. Compare your thoughts and feelings from your application journey to now, being in the midst of studying your course. This will help you convey the reality of studying performing arts at a high level. Sharing your experiences imaginatively will give future students real insight into the opportunities on offer.'

Entry is open to current and previous students of Birmingham Conservatoire, Leeds College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Entrants must produce either an original short video or an essay and upload it via the competition link on ucas.com before the closing date.

Two winners (one essay writer and one video producer) will each receive £2,500. A runner-up in each category will win £1,000. Full details, as well as terms and conditions, can be found on the UCAS website.

The competition is open now and closes at midnight on 13 February 2015.