The MPA Richard Toeman Scholarship is designed to:

  • Support the progress of outstanding individuals working within the music publishing industry
  • Encourage potential or new recruits to the industry to develop their skills via work placement or study
  • Offer tailored support to recipients towards a successful career in the music publishing industry

The scholarship is in memory of the late Richard Toeman who passed away in March 2005 following a successful 40-year career at Josef Weinberger Ltd. Throughout his career, Richard generously gave his time and expertise to the MPA and the music publishing business. He was admired and respected by colleagues working across all sectors of the industry. The MPA is proud to pay tribute to his considerable contribution to our work via the Richard Toeman Scholarship.


The scholarship duration is for 1 year will be awarded to 1 candidate in each of the following 2 categories:

 Award 1
One candidate who has been working within the music publishing business for 5 years or less.

Award 2
One candidate who is in their FINAL year of a music or music business degree course, who may have studied music publishing as part of that degree and is intending to pursue a career in music publishing.


One candidate who has recently graduated from a music or music business degree course and is intending to pursue a career in music publishing.


The two awards given each year take the form of packages of support designed to meet the needs of both awardees.

The packages awarded are as follows:

Award 1 receives:
A place on the following courses during the period 1 January 2024 – 31 December 2024:

– MPA The Publishing Effect: A 101 of Music Publishing
– MPA Specialist Seminars
– Any other relevant courses/seminars

Award 2 receives:
A place on the following courses during the period 1 January 2024 – 31 December 2024:

– MPA The Publishing Effect: A 101 of Music Publishing
-All modules– MPA Specialist Seminar
– Any other relevant courses/seminars
– Assistance in securing a relevant and paid work placement, plus a contribution of £450 towards the employer’s cost of hosting the placement – to take place during the period 1 January 2024 – 31 December 2024.

 Both Receive (to be used during the period of the scholarship):

  • Business coaching provided by an independent consultant of the MPA’s choosing
  • Invite to an MPA Quiz or Social – a great networking opportunity to meet MPA Members
  • Invite to the MPA AGM and Summer Party – a chance to meet MPA Members and wider network
  • £500 towards relevant further training and professional development of the applicant’s choosing*
  • One year’s complimentary subscription to Music Ally
  • One free copy of the 2024 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


Please download the Richard Toeman Scholarship application form here and send to [email protected] by 17.00 Friday 17 November.


I was honoured to receive the Richard Toeman Scholarship and have enjoyed the connections I have made with others in the publishing industry through both social and educational MPA events. They have been hugely beneficial and I continue to work with many of these colleagues today.
Conversations following my scholarship were the catalyst for us co-founding the MPA NXT-Gen Scholars, which aims to increase representation in the music publishing sector.

 Since the scholarship I have developed my career in Sync and Supervision, firstly at Manners McDade Music Publishing, and more recently working as a Music Supervisor at Twenty Below Music where I have worked on advertising campaigns with brands such as Nike, Adidas, Bumble, Budweiser, as well as TV and Film projects. Music publishing expertise continues to be essential in my collaboration with composers and publishers on such projects.

Moreover, I now sit on the Board for the Guild of Music Supervisors and regularly speak on MPA panels where I love to meet others in our sector.” Clare Everson, Music Supervisor, Twenty Below Music (RTS 2019 recipient).

“Receiving the RTS at the start of my career has given me the confidence, knowledge and platform to break into the Music Publishing world. I have taken part in numerous training, networking and social opportunities, all of which have been invaluable to me.

The MPA is a great organisation with a dedicated team who have helped me establish myself in the industry. I thoroughly recommend all students seeking guidance and experience in Music Publishing to apply to the MPA’s RTS 2019!”  – Tom Bladon, Grand Rights Licensing Administrator, Music Sales Group (2018 recipient).

”When I got the call inviting me to come down to London and accept the Richard Toeman Scholarship, I was completely taken aback… Not in the least because I admitted during my application that I have no idea what I was doing, no idea what I wanted to pursue within my publishing career, and knew no one in the industry apart from my colleagues in Sentric’s Liverpool office.  Luckily, the MPA are a cracking bunch of people who value a good chat about music, heaps of curiosity and an eagerness to learn; above having it all figured out! With all of the encouragement and guidance the MPA team, along with their associates, have provided; I am no longer so clueless… and more importantly, they have given me the confidence to be myself and dive into the world of publishing.” – Levi Deeble, Rights Administrator, Sentic Music (2017 recipient)

“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, Sample Clearance and Infringements Manager, BMG (2016 recipient)

“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 recipient)

Above – Scarlett Brownbridge & Dylan Castell 2022 RTS recipients.

Above – Clare Everson & Marie Robinson 2019 RTS recipients.

Above – Safra Deen Farook & Tom Bladon the 2018 RTS recipients.

Above – Jane Dyball (Former CEO of MPA Group) & Jackie Alway (Chair of MPA) with Holly Manners & Levi Deeble, the 2017 RTS recipients.

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