2019 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.

The scholarship 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 student or recent graduate. Two winners are chosen each year. The package awarded to the winner in the respective categories is as follows:

Meet the 2018 Richard Toeman Recipients by clicking here.

Music publishing employee

A place on the following courses during the period 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019:

  • MPA Induction Course.
  • MPA Specialist Seminar

Final year student / recent graduate

A place on the following courses during the period 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019:

  • MPA Induction Course.
  • Assistance in securing a relevant and paid work placement, plus contribution of £450 towards employer’s cost of hosting the placement.

Both winners

  • Attendance at MPA Classical Quiz or MPA Pop Quiz – a great networking opportunity.
  • £500 towards the further relevant training of the applicant’s choosing (subject to the advance approval of the MPA Education and Training Group).
  • A discounted price for all MPA training events.
  • One year’s complimentary subscription to Music Ally.
  • A free copy of the 2018 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.


Who Can Apply?


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;


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;


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.


How to Apply?

Applications for the 2018 Richard Toeman Scholarship are now closed. Applications for 2019 will open in early 2019.




“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.


“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 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, 2017 recipient

Safra Deen Farook & Tom Bladon the 2018 RTS recipients.

Above – Jane Dyball (CEO of MPA Group) & Jackie Alway (Chair of MPA) awarding Holly Manners & Levi Deeble, the 2017 MPA Richard Toeman Scholarship awardees.

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