MPA Richard Toeman Scholarship

MPA Richard Toeman Scholarship

The MPA Richard Toeman Scholarship Scheme is designed to support the progress of outstanding individuals within the music publishing industry; to encourage potential, or new, recruits to the industry to develop their skills and experience through study; and to encourage each year’s recipient to achieve an enhanced preparedness for a successful career in the music publishing industry.

Richard Toeman was admired and respected throughout our industry. What better way to pay tribute to him than with this award.
Stephen Navin, ex-chief executive, MPA

The Scholarship is named in memory of Richard Toeman who died suddenly in March 2005 following a very successful 40-year career at Josef Weinberger Ltd. Throughout his career Richard gave generously of his time and expertise to the MPA and to the music publishing business as a whole.

Each year applications are accepted from individuals who are permanently resident in the UK and:

  • have been working within the music publishing business for FIVE years or less;
    or
  • are in their FINAL year of a music or music business degree course, who have ideally (but not necessarily) studied music publishing as part of that degree and who are intending to pursue a career in music publishing;
    or
  • graduated from a music or music business degree course the previous year and who are intending to pursue a career in music publishing.

Applications must be supported by a reference either from the applicant’s line manager or, in the case of students or recent graduates, the applicant’s Head of Department or equivalent.

2017 MPA Richard Toeman Scholarship Award

The Award takes the form of packages of support designed to meet the needs of either existing music publishing employees who are new to the business, or final year students/recent graduates. Two winners are chosen each year. The package awarded to the winner in the respective categories is as follows:

Music publishing employee
A place on the following courses during the period 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018:

  • MPA Induction Course.
  • MPA/MMF Music Publishing Professional Development Course – all modules.
  • Two MPA specialist training seminars

Final year student / recent graduate
A place on the following courses during the period 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018:

  • MPA Induction Course.
  • MPA/MMF Music Publishing Professional Development Course – all modules

Assistance in securing a relevant and paid work placement, plus contribution of £450 towards employer’s cost of hosting the placement, to take place during the period 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018.

Both winners

  • Attendance at either an MPA Classical Social or MPA Pop Social – a great networking opportunity – during the period 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018.
  • £500 towards further relevant training of the applicant’s choosing (subject to the advance approval of the MPA Education and Training Group).
  • A substantial discounted price for all MPA training events taking place during the period 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2019.
  • One year's complimentary subscription to Music Ally.
  • A free copy of the 2017 Music Week Directory.
  • Each year both winners will also be invited to meet previous winners, members of the MPA Education & Training Group and other invited guests at a small networking event.
  • Business coaching provided by an Independent consultant of the MPA’s choosing.

The two winning applicants will also receive professional career coaching of their choice. 

How to apply

Please complete and return the 2017 Application form which can be downloaded from the bottom of this page, (before 5.00pm on Friday 21 April 2017) to:

Nico Evans, Music Publishers Association, 8th Floor, Two Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG

Email: info@mpagroup.com Tel: 020 3741 3800

“The scholarship has been invaluable to me and has allowed me to meet key people within the industry.  I found the careers coaching particularly useful as a support network, from developing my CV and communication skills to creating a personal development plan to help me achieve my goals.  If you have a passion for music publishing and want to develop your knowledge and skills, this scholarship is for you!” - Grace Roberts, 2016 winner

“I 100% got my job because of the Richard Toeman Scholarship. Attending the MPA’s induction course and networking events put me in a room full of the people I needed to be speaking to. - Nicholas Gibbons, 2015 winner

Past winners

2016Clemmie Woodhouse
 Grace Roberts
2015Nicholas Gibbons
 Henry Stanislaw
2014Louisa Hungate
 Tierney Kirby
2013Francesca Clava
 Siri Loof
2012Alexander Kelly
 Tamasine Leighton-Crawford
2011Louisa Rainbird
 Fiona Bolton
2010Danny Champion
 Melissa Thompson
2009Graham Jackson
 Kieran Morris
2008Bryony Walden
2007Lydia Merrills-Ashcroft
 Amy Gittins
2006Katy Jones

MPA Richard Toeman Scholarship Founding Donors:

ABRSM (Publishing) Ltd • Ariel Music • Bourne Music Ltd • Bug Music Ltd • Catalyst Music Publishing Ltd • EMI Music Publishing Ltd • Menace Music Ltd • Mute Song Ltd • Rock Music Company Ltd • Silva Screen Music (Publishers) Ltd • Songstream Music • Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd • SJ Music • Stainer & Bell Ltd • Woza Music