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 died suddenly 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 to the music publishing business as a whole. 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. 

You can read the full press release for RTS 2019 here.

Meet the 2018 Richard Toeman Recipients by clicking here.

Meet the 2019 Richard Toeman Recipients by clicking here.


The scholarship operates on a rolling annual basis and will be awarded to one candidate in each of the following two categories:


Award 1

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


Award 2

One candidate who is in their FINAL year of a music or music business degree course, who has ideally, but not compulsory, studied music publishing as part of that degree and who is intending to pursue a career in music publishing.


One candidate who has newly graduated from a music or music business degree course in 2018 and who 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 1st July 2020 – 30th June 2021:

  • MPA Induction Course
  • MPA Intermediate Course – all modules
  • MPA Specialist Seminars


Award 2 receives: 

A place on the following courses during the period 1st July 2020 – 30th June 2021:

  • MPA Induction Course
  • MPA Intermediate 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 2019 – 30 June 2020.


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 either the MPA Classical or Pop Quiz – 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 2019 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.


Applications for the Richard Toeman Scholarship 2019 are now closed. Applications will open again in early 2020.



“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 – 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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