It is good news in these cash-strapped times, when training is so difficult to fund, that the Leverhulme Trust has awarded Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance £91,500. The grant will allow fifteen nominated students to pursue their studies in Musical Theatre at conservatoire level.
Each nominated student will become a Leverhulme Musical Theatre Scholar, awarded a bursary to help fund his or her studies.
The idea is to reward students who show real potential to excel in musical theatre and to ease the transition to higher education. Trinity Laban plans to distribute the award over three years so that the maximum number of students can benefit.
Greenwich-based Trinity Laban’s BA (Hons) Musical Theatre-musical-theatre.aspx) is a performance-based course offering individual and group learning in voice, dance and acting. “Students work with industry professionals to develop the diverse skills required to succeed in a career in Musical Theatre,” a spokesperson told me.
Established in 1925, the Leverhulme Trust is one of the UK’s largest funding bodies. Its resources provide scholarships and grants in research and education to the value of about £50m per year across all academic subjects.
Principal of Trinity Laban, Professor Anthony Bowne, says: “We are extremely grateful to the Leverhulme Trust for making these bursaries available to Trinity Laban students. They will enable us to ensure that the most promising students, regardless of background, are able to pursue their educational and professional goals in Musical Theatre.”