Application for Friends of the School of Music Transition Award

The Friends of the School of Music is a non-profit association which aims to be a source of practical and financial support to students of the ANU School of Music. The Friends Transition Award assists School of Music graduates transition between formal study and a professional career in music.

The award is available each year to an ANU student who has completed, within the last two calendar years as at the closing date for applications, the requirements for the award of a Bachelor with Honours, Master or Doctoral degree in the School of Music.

The award is to assist in the transition to a professional music career. The Friends are not prescriptive as to what would constitute a “professional music career” and would welcome innovative proposals. The key requirement is that applicants describe the music career for which they are aiming, and can demonstrate that their proposed transition activities are effectively directed to assisting in their transition. A successful application will demonstrate that the proposed activities will substantially contribute to long term professional development and are supported by a broad engagement with the musical community. The award can certainly be used to support continued study; however the intention would be that continued study involves a transition to another university (perhaps overseas).


Academic results will be a factor considered in selection, and applicants should give information on their final year results, e.g. distinctions or credits gained, class of Honours, etc.

Other criteria include:

  • Quality of the proposed transition activities:  the selection committee will assess how well the proposed activities are directed to the objective of making a transition to a professional music career.  For this purpose they will have regard to referee comment and may seek advice from other professional music experts.
  • Thoroughness of planning:  the selection committee will look for evidence of thorough preparation, e.g. guidance received from musical organisations, teachers, supervisors, leading musicians in relevant fields; evidence of acceptance into tuition, or certainty of proposed performance experience.
  • Soundness of budget submitted: the selection committee will assess the comprehensiveness and rigour of the proposed budget. Applicants should provide documentation which supports their budget (e.g. evidence of travel, accommodation, tuition, costs or costs of other proposed purchases).

Read the Conditions of Award for more information.

Submissions open: February 1st
Submissions close: March 15th

Supporting document is required via a copy of your academic record. In addition, if the degree has not yet been conferred, your academic record will need to make clear that requirements for the award of the degree have been completed.
Distinctions or credits gained, class of Honours, etc.
Include time-frame for activities and provide supporting material e.g. evidence of acceptance into tuition, bookings for concerts etc.
Supporting documentation is required e.g. proof of: cost of airfares; accommodation; tuition; recording expenses etc.
Provide name and contact details of two referees. Referees should be people who can comment on the value of the proposed transition activities to a professional career.
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