SAMRO Foundation Music Education Bursary 2019 – 2020

The SAMRO Foundation is inviting qualified individuals to submit their application to be considered for its Music Education Bursary Programme for 2019. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit company that manages the Southern Music Rights Organization’s music education project. The SAMRO Foundation has also created a variety of local and international projects and programmes.

Before its founding in 2012, the SAMRO Foundation was known as the SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts, or SENA. SENA was established in 1962 and had worked hard to invest, promote and preserve South African music and arts. This was achieved through various bursaries, scholarships and commissions.

SAMRO Foundation Bursary Programme for Music Education

In 2018 alone, SAMRO’s music education programme has given bursaries amounting to more than R1-million. The programme made use of an online tool to facilitate music lessons to its many students. A bursary award is worth R12 000 per bursar.

Requirements or Eligibility

The SAMRO Foundation Music Bursary is offered on a yearly basis to applicants who meet at least the most basic requirements listed below:

  • Must be a citizen of Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa or Swaziland
  • Must be studying full time
  • Currently enrolled in a South African university
  • In their second, third and four year of study, including those finishing an Honour’s or Master’s degree
  • Completing a diploma or degree in Music

Because of limited resources the SAMRO Foundation will not be accepting applicants the fit the criteria mentioned bellow.

  • Studying in a private university or college such as COPA, City Varsity, Academy for Sound Engineering, and AFDA, to mention a few
  • University students in their freshmen year
  • Students already in a foundation
  • Individuals pursuing a  Musical Therapy or Musical Theatre qualication
  • Students pursuing a Doctor’s degree

Take time to read this list of recognized schools:

How to Apply

The SAMRO Foundation strongly recommends applicants to prepare the following documents in digitized form. These documents will need to be uploaded prior to being able to submit an application:

  • ID document
  • Proof of registration for school year 2019 – 2020
  • Examination results from 2018, or
  • Most up to date academic record
  • 2 (two) letters of reference from active university lecturers (acquired no more than three months ago)
  • Master’s degree students will need one reference letter from their supervisor as well as five to eight-pages of their research synopsis

For tips about writing a reference letter, click here to get the information.

Once all documents are ready, click here and fill up the application page.


  • Complete all sections of the form as well as the supporting documents.
  • Do not submit more than one application

Failure to follow these instructions will result in disqualification.

Opening and Closing Date

Deadline for submission of applications  is on 29 March 2019. Applications sent beyond this date will not be considered.

 Contact Information

For further enquiries, send an email to

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