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Richard Antwi Scholarship returns

By | Published on Tuesday 23 March 2021

Richard Antwi

The Richard Antwi Scholarship will return this year, after a hiatus in 2020. The financial support scheme encourages black and ethnic minority students to sign up for the University Of Westminster’s Music Business Management MA course.

Launched in 2017 in memory of lawyer, manager and music entrepreneur Antwi, who died aged 38 the previous year, the scheme is now funded by Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner Music, Sony Music Publishing, XL Records, Beggars Group, Young Turks, law firms Clintons and Hoare Associates, and Modest! Management.

Awarded to students who have an offer of a place on the Westminster course, it provides full tuition fees and a bursary of £10,200 to cover living costs, plus mentorship and assistance with finding work placements.

Rapper Wretch 32, who worked with Antwi and continues to support the scholarship, says: “My brother Rich always had time for everyone, he taught me the true values of staying true to your roots. Striving for excellence, whilst giving back. Legacy was always at the forefront of his genius of a mind. Although my brother’s left me in the physical, he has been, and will always be, by my side in spirit. It’s an honour to be a part of the scholarship and still be an anchor to the captain of the ship Richard Antwi”.

Phillip Antwi, Richard’s brother and one of the team behind the scholarship, adds: “We’re really excited about the reopening of applications, which not only lifts our spirits, but offers much needed opportunity to talented individuals in the current climate”.

“There is a real sense of achievement in seeing what the past scholars have gone on to do”, he goes on, “and we’re looking forward to seeing what great things new scholars will achieve. My brother, Richard, was passionate about helping others reach their potential and the Richard Antwi Scholarship is an embodiment of his much-used phrase ‘how can I help?’. We hope to see the scholarship grow and continue to honour his legacy in this way”.

Previous recipients of the scholarship are Jojo Mukeza, Estée Blu and Daniel Beckley, all of whom are now working in the music industry.

Virtual open days for the 2021/2022 Music Business Management MA course are to be held on 24 Mar, 8 May and 12 Jun. More information here.