Richard Antwi Scholarship Opens For Sixth Round

RAS scholars 2022 (pic by Sam Edrisi)

THE RICHARD Antwi Scholarship is now accepting applications for its sixth round.

The scholarship seeks to attract future music industry leaders from underrepresented communities who possess the passion, drive, and commitment to make a significant contribution to the industry.

Aspiring scholars are invited to attend the Music Business Management MA course’s first Open Day of 2023, a drop-in session taking place on Saturday, May 20, 2023, from 12 pm to 3pm at C1.52 – Small Lecture hall, 115 New Cavendish Street, University of Westminster, W1.

Course details and scholarship application forms are available at The deadline for scholarship applications is June 30, 2023.

The Richard Antwi Scholarship has established itself as a reliable pathway for young, aspiring music industry executives to forge a professional career.

The scholarship builds a more inclusive and equitable pipeline for future leaders in the music industry. The award covers full course fees and is granted in partnership with the University of Westminster.

This year, the scholarship pot is more than double the value of the 2022 scholarship, thanks to generous funding from Universal Music UK, Universal Publishing UK, Sony Music UK, and Sony Music Publishing UK.

The 2023 scholarship offers a new “London Living Wage Stipend,” which will cover the higher cost of living and studying in London. The stipend includes a bursary and stipend amounting to £22,000, as well as mentorship and assistance with work placement that aligns with the scholar’s professional focus and aspirations.

The Music Business Management MA course provides a bridge between academic study, research, and the professional world of music business, preparing students to become the next generation of music industry leaders and entrepreneurs.

The scholarship’s Industry Champions and close friends of Richard Antwi, Alec Boateng (Co-President, 0207 Def Jam) and Taponeswa Mavunga (Director of Africa, Sony Music UK), are once again supporting the announcement to encourage ambitious talent to take advantage of this opportunity and attend the Course Open Day to learn more.

Alec Boateng (co-President, 0207 Def Jam) said: “Richard would be so proud of all that his scholarship has achieved, I just know if he was here he’d be mentoring each of the scholars.

“I’m really proud to still be supporting the Richard Antwi Scholarship, it continues to empower careers that are just beginning in the music business.

“Idris Green Holder, the Universal Music UK scholar is doing great in our label team, I love to see it. If you want to get support to study and receive all the funding and tools for a career as a music industry leader, then you need get to the open day and find out more.”

Taponeswa Mavunga (Director of Africa, Sony Music UK) said “Every year when the scholarship opens for applications, I feel honoured to be asked to support it.

“I miss Richard so much and think of him often, but I am glad to be connected to and support his legacy. This year, it’s great to see an even bigger pot of funding available to support a young person studying in London at this time, and I’m really happy that Sony Music UK are among the funders.

“It shows Richard’s influence and how much affection there is for him and what the scholarship represents. I urge anyone interested to get down to the open day, it could change your life.”

Phillip Antwi said: “It has been seven years since Richard’s passing, and I am endlessly blown away by seeing his legacy and vision still alive and making a difference through his Scholarship.

“My family and I are humbled to see that Richard’s scholarship stays true to its purpose and now opens for its sixth round. It allows us not only to honour and pay tribute to my very special brother and his values, but also to help bring about a more equitable industry for underrepresented young talent with all the drive and ambition, but not the access and opportunities they so deserve.

“There is still a clear need for the scholarship, and in the current economic climate, more funding was needed for a young person to live in London, especially those from low income backgrounds which are the hardest hit.

“So huge thanks to all our generous funders who have enabled us to offer the new ‘London Living Wage’ stipend.

“We know that Richard would love to see the industry careers that have been forged by the scholarship.”

The scholarship was created in 2016, following the sudden passing of hugely respected industry lawyer, manager and entrepreneur Richard Antwi, who had contributed to the Music Business Management MA course on numerous occasions as a guest lecturer.

Applicants must already hold an offer of a place on the Music Business Management MA course at the University of Westminster.

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