Find the right music scholarships to apply for

Not many artists, music producers, or songwriters have an abundance of money throughout their careers. It’s just a fact that the music industry can sometimes be a bit financially unreliable, for most people. From time to time, there’s a bit of a crunch in the wallet, simply put, perhaps especially at the beginning of a career. A good way to supplement your income as an active member of the music industry is by applying for scholarships. In this article, we will go through how to go about doing just that. In the article, we’ll tell you about 7 suitable scholarships for you to apply for as a young artist, songwriter, or music producer. Our list surely includes several scholarships that you would be a suitable candidate for!

Musikstipendier 2024

Top 7 music scholarships to apply for if you’re in the Swedish music scene

Kulturrådet’s Phonogram Support

This scholarship is aimed at those who are planning to release music that is longer than 15 minutes. The aim of the scholarship is to promote a wide range of music produced and released in Sweden. Those awarded the scholarship can receive up to 100,000 SEK.

Kulturrådet’s Operational Support for Independent Music Groups

Music groups of various kinds in Sweden can apply for this scholarship. The grant aims to support Swedish music groups so that more people can enjoy a diverse range of high-quality music in Sweden. The amount varies.

The Annele Scholarship

This scholarship is aimed at female singers, songwriters, producers, or musicians between the ages of 18 and 35. The purpose of the scholarship is to support female creators and help them advance in their careers, regardless of how far they have come. If awarded the scholarship, you can receive 50,000 SEK.

The Albin Hagström Memorial Fund

This scholarship is aimed at a slightly more specific target group than several of the other scholarships on this list. Accordionists and guitarists involved in popular music and born in Sweden – and are under 35 years of age – can apply for this scholarship. The amount of this scholarship is 100,000 SEK.

The Gärdestad Scholarship

The Gärdestad Scholarship (previously the Ted Gärdestad Scholarship) is aimed at songwriters and artists who write music in Swedish within the folk and pop music genres. The amount of the scholarship varies, and it encourages the applicant to spend the money on music studies, although this is not a requirement.

STIM Scholarships

The Swedish Performing Rights Society (STIM) offers this scholarship. This scholarship is aimed at songwriters and composers. The aim is to promote music of high artistic quality, regardless of genre. With this scholarship, STIM aims for musical diversity, and the scholarship can be applied for by both established and emerging songwriters/composers. The scholarship comes in different sizes of 10,000, 25,000, and 50,000 SEK.

The Per Sinding-Larsen Trust

This scholarship is aimed at individuals active in the music scene. This could include artists, songwriters, producers, journalists, or photographers. The PSL-Trust encourages innovation and development within the music scene. 1-3 scholarships are awarded periodically, but the amount (or where The PSL-Trust assists) varies and therefore cannot be specified here.

Who Can Apply for Scholarships?

As you can probably tell, there are all sorts of scholarships for young musicians to apply for. The scholarships we’ve listed above are just a fraction of those available in Sweden. However, the purpose of this list is to provide a range of scholarships that many different profiles can apply for, although some are, of course, more niche. So, it’s likely that you, as the reader of this, can also apply for other scholarships that fit your musical profile.

Things to Consider in Your Application

Even if you’re applying for one of these scholarships, which largely have a fairly broad target audience, it’s important to reflect on what makes you unique. Be honest in your application, carefully follow the instructions given, and demonstrate how you stand out from other applicants.

It may also be wise to research who has received the scholarship in previous years and what the organization you’re seeking money from stands for. The Cultural Council will likely take into account the Swedish cultural policy goals in its assessment process, which you as an applicant should familiarize yourself with. Of course, you should not do this as an applicant to deceive or just “say what they want to hear.” Rather, the point is to find out how suitable you are as a candidate for a particular scholarship and which of your strengths you should highlight in your application.

In Conclusion

These 7 music scholarships to apply for that we list above are a great way to get into the world of scholarship applications. In some music genres – such as classical music, for example – musicians rely more on scholarship funds, but there are definitely scholarship funds to apply for no matter what genre you are active in. In summary, one could say: No one is a suitable candidate for all the music scholarships available, just as practically no one lacks entirely suitable scholarships to apply for.

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