Investing in future music therapists – nationwide music therapy bursary launches

Thanks to the generous support of Sony, we are able to provide Britain’s first nationwide music therapy bursary for applicants to our Master of Music Therapy programme – with funding available to train six students on our world-class Master of Music Therapy (MMT) programme.


The funding has been ring-fenced for students who would otherwise not have the resources to complete a Masters level programme, removing barriers faced by individuals from a range of diverse backgrounds which may be inhibiting their talent and prospects.

Sony’s investment forms part of their pledge as a founder member of the Valuable 500 campaign, which asks businesses to put disability at the top of their agenda. The move builds on existing work the company has done to prioritise diversity and well-being.

At Nordoff Robbins we’ve been training music therapists since 1974, and our ‘Master of Music Therapy course is an internationally renowned Masters programme, validated by Goldsmiths, University of London.

Our tutors run the programme from training bases in London, Manchester and Newcastle – with successful completion of the two-year course giving graduates eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a music therapist (which is the UK legal prerequisite for working in the profession).

As the UK’s largest single employer of music therapists after the NHS, we are committed to increasing accessibility to our service and our training programme, whilst supporting and promoting diversity in our charity across the board – something which will be which will be significantly helped by this new bursary. 


Sony Music’s commitment to Nordoff Robbins will cover six bursaries across the UK over an initial three-year period. It is estimated that over the two-year course alone, per location, the funded students will deliver around 2,520 music therapy sessions to 600 vulnerable and isolated individuals.

Sony Music signed artist 
Rag’n’Bone Man (Rory Graham), who worked as a carer before his music career exploded, endorsed Sony’s commitment:

“Having worked as a carer for children with Down’s syndrome and Asperger’s, I saw first-hand how families struggle with a lack of support.  Issues around disability have been side-lined for too long and more help is needed to raise awareness and make real improvements. I’m pleased to see Sony Music support diversity by investing in music therapy, which has such a positive impact for those who need it.”


Sandra Schembri, CEO of Nordoff Robbins said: 

“We are grateful to Sony Music for choosing Nordoff Robbins for this generous bursary. These six fully funded places on our programme will offer a training opportunity to gifted and passionate individuals who might otherwise find access to the course a challenge. To support our Master of Music Therapy programme is to support not only the careers of six people, but the future of high-quality music therapy reaching the people who need it most.


Jason IleyChairman and CEO of Sony Music UK, said: 

We’re excited to do something tangible and meaningful in the worlds of both music and disability. Music is incredibly powerful and can reach people and provide opportunities in so many different ways. We are proud to be part of the Valuable 500, which encourages companies to prioritise and invest in accessibility for all.” 


To apply for the MMT programme

Potential applicants should visit the training pages of our website to learn more:

Train as a music therapist