A PATHWAY TO SUCCESS
The Kruger Scholarship is proudly administered by the Music Broadcasting Society of NSW, which operates the radio station Fine Music. The Scholarship gives musicians aged 21 to 30 the chance to establish a foothold in the profession. It is a unique award as it helps to nurture the third dimension of these musicians, in that way differing from a fellowship, which nurtures the second. Allow me to explain.
Musicians, be they performers or composers, in Classical or Jazz, spend tireless hours honing their craft. The time spent practising scales or writing short sketches contributes to the first dimension; becoming a musician with a lower-case m.
The second dimension is all about performance. For instrumentalists and singers, this means gigs or symphonic positions. For a composer, this is about having your work played. Fellowships become highly contested as musicians hope to hone these skills, to gain the upper-case M and become a Musician.
The Kruger Scholarship presupposes these two dimensions and in doing so it helps to establish the third: identity, publicity and permanence. The words are arbitrary but the ideas are central to what it takes to be a professional musician. Part of what it means to graduate from a conservatoire to the ‘real world’ is for musicians to find the path they want to tread. Do you want to be a soloist or chamber musician? Compose for voice or large groups? Then, with this idea in mind, the next step is about letting the world know ‘this is who I am’.
This scholarship is for people with a dream.
It’s there to nurture those with a project in mind, there for those who say ‘if only’. ‘If only’ you had financial backing. Well now you will. ‘If only’ you had recording opportunity. Fine Music provides that as well. The Kruger Scholarship will open your mind; and then it will open doors. It’s a partnership of which Fine Music is very proud and we can’t wait to see what you will achieve. Don’t wait: grasp this opportunity and see where the future leads. It’s what Stefan Kruger would have wanted. – Nicky Gluch
For information about the Stefan Kruger Scholarship go to finemusicfm.com/sks
Applications for the 2019 Scholarship close on 20 August
This article appeared in the May 2018 issue of Fine Music Magazine. Click here to read the current issue online now.