$3M Creative Scholarships announced for Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Wednesday 26 October 2011.

Melbourne, Australia On October 21, 2011 the Victorian Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu announced a $3million scholarship program to support outstanding and disadvantaged students at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at The University of Melbourne.

“The VCA and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music have international reputations as leaders in the field of arts education and training and these scholarships are part of our commitment to ensuring that the VCA maintains and strengthens its position as Australia’s leading arts training institution,” Mr Baillieu said.

Between 2012 and 2015 ‘Creative Scholar’ opportunities will be made to both Victorian College of the Arts and
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music students, including:

Undergraduate scholarships for outstanding students, valued at $8,000 each, provided over three years; Undergraduate scholarships for disadvantaged students, valued at $9,500 provided over three years; Graduate scholarships for outstanding students, valued at $12,000, provided over two years; Graduate scholarships for disadvantaged students, valued at $14,500, provided over two years; 12 x $30,000 scholarships offered to students and graduates in 2014 to support international experience, travel and work; Professional Pathway one-year scholarships, to facilitate a joint collaboration between a not-for-profit arts organisation and graduating student to provide professional experience in their artistic sector; Mentoring scholarships to provide for graduates and their mentors to undertake a collaborative project.

The Dean of the Faculty of the VCA and Music, Professor Barry Conyngham, said it was important that the best
and most worthy students were aware of the number and quantum of scholarships that are on offer, and are
encouraged to apply.

“This is about assisting a new generation of talented students to achieve their full potential by studying at the
VCA and MCM.

“It puts a whole new era of accessibility and commitment into the VCA and MCM, by supporting outstanding
and/or disadvantaged students across all the disciplines we have to offer; Visual Art, Dance, Theatre, Classical
and Contemporary Music, Music Theatre, Film and Television and Production.”