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AIR Studios launches diversity scholarship with University Of Surrey

By | Published on Friday 5 March 2021

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AIR Studios has announced it is launching a new scholarship that will allow aspiring record producers or sound engineers from ethnic groups underrepresented in the music industry to study a sound recording degree at the University Of Surrey. The AIR Diversity Scholarship will ultimately be worth £30,000 to successful applicants, who will study the university’s long-established Music And Sound Recording (Tonmeister) course.

Launching the scheme, AIR Director Kamila Serkebaeva says: “The excellence of knowledge and technical understanding that the Tonmeister degree provides is unrivalled in the music recording industry. We have nurtured bright new generations of University Of Surrey graduates for decades and have come to understand the deep value of participation in higher education”.

“For this reason”, she adds, “and following on our recent commitment to a stronger and more inclusive music recording ecosystem, we set up the AIR Diversity Scholarship for the Tonmeister course. We hope that this will be the beginning of a wider reform to increase representation in the music industry and that we’ll soon see diverse values, goals, and concerns brought into the dialogue and the quality of our collective work”.

Meanwhile, Tony Myatt from the music and media department of the university says: “We are absolutely committed to addressing some of the systemic imbalances which exist in higher education communities and some areas of the UK music industry”.

“We want to support and provide the very best educational opportunities to the next generation of recording engineers and music producers, regardless of their backgrounds or financial position, and with a diversity that fully reflects our society”, he goes on. “We’re delighted to partner with AIR on this UK-first initiative and are excited at the prospect of working with them to support the best young musical and recording talent of the future”.

There is more information about the scholarship here.