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The MDA music scholarship fund was created through charitable donations. It is aimed at young people in the Hartlepool area who wish to start, or advance, their music studies. These may be instrumental, vocal or theory studies.


Our aim is to give scholarships / bursaries to students up to the age of 18, based on the musician who demonstrates significant musical potential and commitment.


The opportunity is open to all, including existing or previous recipients who are welcome to re-apply.  



What does the scheme guarantee?

The scheme guarantees funding for attendance of lessons (and other sessions) for a full academic year. Sustained high quality instrumental or vocal tuition delivered by MDA music tutors


Access to resources and support as required, (printed music, exam fees, even instruments and accessories - when available).


Participation in the MDA music ensembles (where applicable) is expected, as are concert performances. These opportunities are run to aid progress to all pupils, (brass band, concert band and other ensembles as and when appropriate).


What is a MDA Music Scholar?

MDA Music Scholars are students who demonstrate their unfaltering desire and ability to overcome barriers in order to achieve their aspirations.

Below are some of the criteria on which each application will be evaluated.

  • Individual determination and resolve to succeed.
  • Setting of future goals and plans to achieve them.
  • Level of access. (Is the scholarship to fund existing studies or facilitate the starting of additional studies with other musical disciplines).
  • Resident in the Hartlepool area.
  • Demonstration of particular talent / potential and showing a clear commitment to their own musical development.
  • The recipient’s parent/carer commits to; actively support the student in all aspects of the scholarship programme.


Auditions/Interviews for short-listed applicants

Applications need to reach us by midnight on Saturday 29th June 2024. Our auditions will take place Sunday 7th and 21st July 2024, at The Mick Donnelly Academy of Music, Hartlepool enterprise Centre, Brougham Terrace, YS24 8YE. If you are successful, you will receive an email to inform you of your audition time.


The audition will be friendly and informal to ensure all students enjoy a positive experience. For successful applicants, tuition will commence in the autumn term (September) 2024 and last for the whole of the academic year 2024 – 2025.






The Alby Pattison Scholarship for Trumpet / Cornet


The Peter Craddy Scholarship for Trumpet / Cornet


Both of these Scholarships are for 1 year


Sponsors – The Musicians Unlimited Youth Big Band, Hartlepool Brass Band and MDA Scholarship Fund




2 x Musicians Unlimited Youth Big Band Scholarships



These scholarships are open to Bass, Guitar, Piano / Keyboard, Trombone, Trumpet, Saxophone and Vocalists. These Scholarships are for 1 year


Sponsor – Musicians Unlimited Youth Big Band



The Mick Donnelly Academy Scholarship


This Scholarship is open to all instrumentalists and vocal students. This Scholarship is for 1 year




If you would like to send your application to us in the post (by no later than midnight Saturday 15th June 2024 our address is;


Mick Donnelly Academy of Music

Hartlepool Enterprise Centre

Brougham Terrace


TS24 8EY


An electronic application form is avaiable from the News Section of our site. Alternatvly a copy can be downloaded from the New Section and email in or dropped in at the Academy. 

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