The SAMRO FOUNDATION is dedicated to the enrichment and promotion of the arts in South Africa through the sponsorship of a range of outreach initiatives. At its core, the foundation seeks to cultivate a nurturing environment that fosters the flourishing and progression of the arts within the nation. In pursuit of this objective, the foundation offers extensive support to composers, musicians, and arts organizations throughout South Africa.
The foundation's commitment is exemplified by its provision of some of the most substantial scholarships and bursaries for music students. Notably, their Overseas Scholarships have played an influential role in propelling the careers of numerous acclaimed performers, contributing significantly to the advancement of the arts landscape.
The SAMRO Music Bursary is a program established to offer financial aid to gifted music students in South Africa who are engaged in studies across diverse fields, including performance, composition, musicology, or ethnomusicology. This bursary program seeks to assist individuals displaying exceptional promise within their chosen musical disciplines and who exhibit a steadfast dedication to enriching the music industry in South Africa.
The SAMRO Music Bursary extends beyond financial support; it also provides valuable opportunities for professional growth and mentorship. Through this multifaceted approach, students are empowered to reach their full potential and make a meaningful impact within the dynamic landscape of the South African music industry.
Requirements and eligibility
Please note that all applicants will need to meet the following minimum requirements:
Students must be majoring in music in the their degree or diploma
Students must be from South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana or Lesotho
Be a registered student of South African university
Must have passed 1st year
This bursary DOES NOT cover students wishing to major in Music Therapy or Musical Theatre or who would like to do a PhD
How to apply
You will be able to apply online using the following link.
Please note that you will need submit copies of the following documents:
Certified copy of your ID
Proof of registration at a tertiary institution in South Africa
Latest academic transcript
Two reference letters from your lectures
Masters students: you will need to attach a synopsis of your thesis as well as a reference letter from your supervisor