Fine Music Radio (FMR) Bursary South Africa 2024

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Fine Music Radio (FMR) is a prominent classical and jazz radio station based in Cape Town, South Africa. Established in 1995, FMR is dedicated to promoting classical and jazz music across the Western Cape and beyond. It is recognized for its commitment to supporting and developing the arts and cultural scene, offering diverse music programming, and fostering a community of music lovers.

 About the FMR Bursary

The Fine Music Radio (FMR) Bursary is designed to support students who are pursuing tertiary education in music and related fields in South Africa. This bursary demonstrates FMR's commitment to nurturing talent and advancing the study of music among South African students. The bursary is available to help ease the financial burden on students and promote access to education in music-related disciplines. The Fine Music Radio (FMR) Bursary Trust Awards begins with a preliminary round through pre-recorded audition videos, followed by a final round at the Baxter Concert Hall in July 2024.

 Fields Covered

The bursary is intended for students pursuing a Diploma or Degree in Music with a focus on performance. The FMR Bursary Trust will grant awards in the following categories:

- Jazz Vocal or Instrumental.

- Classical Vocal

- Classical Instrumental

- African Music (vocal or instrumental)

 Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible (please note that if you do not meet all the criteria, your application will not be considered):

- You must live in South Africa.

- You must be a citizen of South Africa.

- You must be registered at a South African tertiary institution.

- You must be enrolled in a Diploma or Degree program in Music.

How to Apply

Applicants interested in the FMR Bursary 2024 must follow the steps below to apply:

1. Application Form: Obtain the official bursary application form from the FMR website or by contacting the bursary provider directly.

Click here to apply.

2. Complete the Form: Fill out the application form with accurate and complete information.

3. Supporting Documents:  Before submitting the form, make sure you have the following documents ready to attach as specified in the preceding guidelines:

- A South African ID

- A brief biography, limited to 300 words

- A letter of motivation detailing your career goals and how you intend to use the bursary funds

- Proof of registration from your current institution

- An endorsement letter from your teacher or lecturer

- A link to your audition video

- A complete program description, including the composers, arrangers, instrumentation, and accompaniment.

4. Submit the Application: Submit the completed application form and supporting documents to FMR by the specified closing date. 

 Bursary Competition Terms and Conditions

 Preliminary Round

- Participants must submit their performance as a pre-recorded video uploaded to YouTube as an unlisted video. The YouTube link should be included in the application.

- If you encounter any issues with uploading your video, contact

- A maximum of three applicants from each category will advance to the final round.

 Final Round

- The final rounds will be held at the Baxter Concert Hall in July 2024, with specific dates for each category:

  - Classical: Tuesday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m.

  - African/Jazz: Friday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.

- Participants acknowledge that the FMR Bursary Trust has the right to record and use any performance from the competition.

- The final round will be broadcast by Fine Music Radio, and competitors will receive a copy of the broadcast for non-commercial use.

- Finalists must submit complete details of their ensemble or accompanist to FMR by July 10, 2024.

- Performers who exceed their time limit may be asked to stop at the discretion of the jury.


- All decisions by the adjudication panel are final; there is no appeal process.

- No feedback will be provided until after the final round.

- The preliminary and final rounds are adjudicated independently (performance scores do not carry over).

- Adjudication criteria include general presentation and balanced program composition. For Jazz and African Music categories, additional marks are awarded for instrumentation and arrangement, as well as ensemble leadership.

 Repertoire Requirements

- Competitors must prepare a program lasting no more than 15 minutes, including at least two contrasting pieces.

  - For the Classical Vocal category, there must be at least one opera aria and one art song.

  - For the African Music category, competitors must demonstrate skill on at least two instruments, one of which can be voice.

- The same pieces from the preliminary round should be used in the final round, but repertoire changes may be permitted if submitted by July 10, 2024.

- All categories should limit the backline ensemble to four persons.

Video Submission Guidelines

- Preliminary rounds require online video submissions.

- Videos should be recorded in landscape orientation at a resolution of at least 720p, with clear audio and video.

- Videos must start with the competitor stating their name and listing all works performed, including title and composer/arranger.

- Videos must be uploaded to YouTube as unlisted, with the title "FMR Bursary Trust" followed by the competitor's name and category.

- In the video description, competitors must include the names of the works and their composers.

Deadline for Submissions:

The closing date for applications is June 14, 2024.

Contact Details

For more information about the Fine Music Radio (FMR) Bursary 2024, you can contact FMR using the following details:

- Telephone +27 (0)21 401 1013

- Email:

- Website:fmr website

This article aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the FMR Bursary 2024, including essential information for applicants. If you have additional questions, contact FMR directly or visit their website for the latest updates and details.


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