The Joan Armatrading Scholarship

We are delighted to announce that BIMM University has partnered with singer-songwriter and three-time Grammy nominee Joan Armatrading for a brand-new scholarship.

As one of Britain’s very first female singer-songwriters to gain international success, Joan has won accolade after accolade. After being honoured with an MBE in 2001, Joan then received a CBE in 2020. Amongst her many awards, she has won a coveted Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection. She is renowned as a champion of new talent, which is why we couldn’t be more excited to launch this scholarship at BIMM Music Institute Birmingham in her name.

Applicable to students starting their course in September 2024, The Joan Armatrading Scholarship will provide full three-year tuition fees for a candidate who is from a low household income and/or a group that is under-represented in higher education. The scholarship is designed to assist individuals who demonstrate talent in their chosen discipline, strong creative potential, and a desire to pursue a career in the creative industries.

The scholarship will support eligible undergraduate students across all our music courses at BIMM Music Institute Birmingham.

We understand that studying at university can be financially challenging, so in order to help you achieve your goals, we offer a number of scholarships and bursaries.

Who can apply

You can apply for The Joan Armatrading Scholarship if you meet all the following criteria:

  • You are applying for undergraduate degree at BIMM Music Institute Birmingham that starts in September 2024 
  • You are a UK national with a home fee status  
  • You are from a low household income* and/or an under-represented group in higher education. This includes: 
    • Students from a global majority background 
    • Students who have experience in care or are estranged 
    • Mature students 
    • Students who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community or are from a gender-diverse background 
    • Disabled students 

* Student Finance England (SFE) offers a full maintenance grant to students with a household income of £25,000 or less. 

How to apply

You will first need to apply for an undergraduate degree course at BIMM Music Institute Birmingham starting in September 2024. Once you have applied and have your applicant ID, please complete the scholarship application form below.

The Joan Armatrading Scholarship applications close on 28th June 2024. Scholarships will only be awarded to those who go onto accept an offer from BIMM Music Institute Birmingham and complete the enrolment process.

Scholarship application form

Help with your application

We want to ensure that your scholarship application truly shows off your abilities. We’ve put together the helpful guide below to help you achieve this.

Submission Guide

What happens next

A panel will assess your application, and we will contact you as soon as possible regarding the outcome.

As this is a competitive process and there are a limited number of scholarships available, we strongly recommend that all applicants follow the usual processes to secure student funding. Where appropriate, successful applicants will be able to amend/cancel their request for financial support from Student Finance England once their scholarship has been awarded.

Applying to The Joan Armatrading Scholarship will not exclude you from accessing university hardship funds or the Fair Access Fund.

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]


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