2019 entries for this scholarship are now closed

Two winners will be given the opportunity to join our Late Summer Course in Florence for 5 nights (28 August – 2 September 2019), where they will enjoy three spectacular evenings at the New Generation Festival. An appeal to all five senses; this course embraces music, drawing, gastronomy, archaeology, ecology, poetry, opera, history and of course art!

There are two companies involved in the scholarship: Art History Abroad and the New Generation Festival who generously fund the scholars’ attendance at the festival. They have also agreed to help adjudicate this year’s competition.

Deadline & Eligibility

Entries for the Scholarship must be received no later than 17.00 (GMT) on 15 April 2019. Applicants must be at least 17 on the day of the deadline and under 19*.  Late entries will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified by email.


We welcome performers from any musical background and any musical genre. To enter, applicants must supply a link to a video of themselves performing their piece live, even if it’s only recorded at home in a bedroom with a phone.  We recommend YouTube or Vimeo.

Your recording must be no shorter than 2 minutes and no longer than 6 minutes. Extracts of longer pieces are welcome and it may be your own or someone else’s composition.

Applicants are also required to write a brief paragraph (200 words) telling us about themselves and why they would love to travel to Italy on one of our courses.

The adjudicators will be appointed by Art History Abroad and their decision will be final.

Fees & Spending Money

The value of the Scholarship is Art History Abroad’s fee for the Florence section of the 2019 Late Summer Course (£1,200). This covers accommodation in Italy, an amazing programme of instruction, site visits, activities, all museum entry fees, all travel connected with teaching, expert tuition and course leadership.


The successful applicants may wish to attend the rest of the Late Summer Course 2019, in which case the full fee would be discounted by the £1,200, the value of the scholarship. Otherwise the value of the Scholarship may NOT be transferred or cashed in. If the winner is unable to take up the place offered, the benefit of the Scholarship will be offered to a runner up.


The fee, and therefore the scholarship, does NOT cover lunch, supper or spending money. Students are asked to meet these daily expenses of about £38 – £40 PER DAY. Travel insurance and flights are NOT included.

The judging panel

This year’s panel will be led by Marie Naffah and Maximilian Fane.

Named MTV’S Unsigned Artist of the Year, Marie Naffah has been featured on NME, Balcony TV London, XFM, Absolute Radio and The Metro. Inspired by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell, she has been busy playing sell-out shows over London. She also released ‘Blindfold’, a project delving into the stigma surrounding disability in the music industry and how we should tackle it. The documentary led to national coverage and her very own Ted Talk on ‘How Disability does not Obstruct Creativity’.

Constantly seeking to nourish her two passions of art and music, she attended our 6-Week Gap Year programme before working at the curatorial department of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. She then toured the U.K. music venues with just her guitar and ran her own music residency at the renowned venue, The Troubadour. She studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art and is now a tutor and Head of UK admissions for Art History Abroad.

She is currently working on her debut album, recording both in the UK and the US. She embraces all things creative and encourages anyone who has the urge to try and write or perform to take the plunge and do so.

26-year-old conductor and producer Maximilian Fane is a Co-founder and Musical Director of The New Generation Festival, Chief Executive of the Mascarade Opera Studio, and former Artistic Director of the touring opera company Raucous Rossini. In 2017, Max conducted a tour of L’occasione fa il ladro, which was performed across the UK and Italy, in addition to co-founding a new international opera festival in Florence: The New Generation Festival. This festival saw performances of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Bruch’s Violin Concerto in the Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini al Prato.

Engagements in 2018 included Gluck’s Orfeo e Euridice in Florence, Piedmont and Milan, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in London, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Requiem at the Maggio Musicale Theatre, Florence, Rossini’s La Scala di Seta with Raucous Rossini on tour, and both Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 5 with The New Generation Festival. Engagements in 2019 include Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and the world première of a specially composed jazz symphony: The Spirit of Harlem.

Max is also Artistic Director of Westbourne Music in Glasgow, a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied voice and piano, and he achieved a Distinction in his MSc in Business and Management at the University of Strathclyde where he was the European Visionary Scholar and achieved a prize for his dissertation on strategy in the classical music industry.

How to apply

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You will get a "thank you" message once this form is successfully submitted and then a confirmation email. If you do not receive these, the application has not been processed, so please email us, info@arthistoryabroad.com, so we know you want to apply for the musical scholarships.

N.B. ON NO ACCOUNT fill in our Course Application form unless you intend to come on a course whether or not you are the successful winner of the Scholarship.

* Please bear in mind that this competition is aimed at those currently in their last year of school or on their gap year as the dates may clash with school terms.

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