Three students enrolling on the BA/BSc (Hons) Music Composition & Technology course at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) have been awarded UCA’s Women in Music Scholarship, with one also selected to receive equipment from music technology specialists, Audient.
Eleanor Hobby, Rael Kōiv, and Alison Wade-Gudgin, all entering their first year Music Composition & Technology course, were selected to receive £5,000 each, plus industry mentoring, with Eleanor also receiving an iD14 audio interface and 8-channel mic preamp, ASP880.
Eleanor said: “It’s nice to be recognised for my music and it’s great to have a scholarship that focuses on women, I’ve never heard of that before. It’s thanks to Audient I’ll be able to use the equipment to produce high quality songs and sounds and professionally mix my tracks.”
Scholarship applicants were asked to submit a portfolio of work alongside their academic record, and assessment was based on their creativity, originality, technical skill, contextualisation, and potential for development.
“We were impressed with Eleanor’s subtle and meaningful song writing. Her production draws upon musicians like Christine and the Queens, Björk and Imogen Heap with an open authenticity that we found really exciting,” said senior lecturer on the BA/BSc (Hons) Music Composition & Technology course, Dr Harry Whalley.
Eleanor and her fellow students will be learning their craft on an Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition which sits at the heart of the UCA recording studio, alongside a selection of iD4s and a few iD44s. “I am particularly excited to hear how she can continue to grow as an artist, and I’m delighted Audient and UCA are supporting her to achieve this,” added Dr Whalley, who cites ‘design and reliability’ as the basis for choosing Audient products.
“We feel very passionate about helping to increase opportunities for women in audio, and are already working with many similar initiatives around the world,” said Audient’s marketing director Andy Allen. “We are delighted to continue on this road by partnering with UCA Farnham to offer this incredible opportunity to Eleanor – a very talented and deserving student. We champion inclusivity and are happy to help ensure everybody has the opportunity to be the best they can be in this industry, regardless of gender.”
The scholarship is part of a wider UCA Music Composition & Technology initiative, encompassing talks, workshops and mentoring, which not only celebrates pioneers in electronic music technology such as Ada Lovelace, Björk and Daphne Oram, but also seeks to inspire a new generation of music makers. Statistics released by Women in Music show the gender divide in music is heavily imbalanced with a split of 70% male to 30% female. On top of this, women only represent 20% or less of registered composers and songwriters in Europe. UCA’s Women in Music Scholarship aims to reduce this industry gender gap by supporting women at the start of their music careers.