Sony Music to Offer Student Financial Support – Billboard

Sony Music Group will provide financial and other support to students studying music and music business-related fields through a new program announced on Tuesday. Funding for the program is provided by Sony’s $100 million Social Justice Fund, unveiled by the company in June 2020.

The Sony Music Group Global Scholars Program will provide scholarships to up to 50 students from diverse backgrounds enrolled in accredited colleges and universities around the world. Students accepted into the program will receive annual financial support for the duration of the study program or upon completion, whichever comes first, depending on the financial need of the student and the region where they are based. For students from countries where colleges and universities are publicly funded or subsidized, applicants may apply for funding to help cover mandatory costs, including books, equipment, and university service costs.

The program will also offer enrichment programs for participating students, including advanced instruction and support for academic assignments, as well as structured events and webinars designed to connect students to Sony Music and industry experts. , all with the aim of supporting future professionals in the music industry.

Sony Music is partnering the program with the Institute of International Education (IIE), a non-profit organization that will administer the international application portal and provide a range of management and assessment services.

Eligible applicants must plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college or university program in music or music business-related fields in the 2022-2023 academic year. Interested persons can apply and find additional information here.

“We look forward to awarding these scholarships to an incredible group of recipients who have excelled academically and exude a passion for music,” said Towalame Austin, Executive Vice President of Philanthropy and Social Impact at Sony Music Group. “Through the power of education, this flagship program will provide the next generation of global music industry leaders with the opportunity to bring diverse perspectives to businesses, artists, songwriters and composers.”

Added IIE Senior Vice President Jonas Kokodyniak“We are honored to work with Sony Music Group on this incredible new scholarship program – the only one of its kind in the world focused on creating access to education and careers in music. We look forward to collaborating with SMG to create a diverse global cohort full of young talent in the industry and applaud Sony for its historic investment in creating a more diverse and equitable future.

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