RNCM Annual Appeal raises over £73,000

Our most recent Annual Appeal to Support the Future of Music has smashed its original target by more than £20,000.

Kickstarted by a £10,000 donation from members of the RNCM Principal’s Circle, the appeal, which ran over the Christmas period, raised £73,000 in total, well above its £50,000 target.

Professor Linda Merrick, RNCM Principal, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to have raised such an incredible amount of funding to support current and future students here at the RNCM. Philanthropy is critical to the College and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has generously donated and supported the future of music.’

Money raised will be used to enable a range of student support initiatives over the coming year, including:

  • Investing further in our hardship fund. This has already grown by 300% since the pandemic hit and has been opened up to students from all backgrounds, including international students who have little support from their home country. Due to the Annual Appeal, the fund will continue at this high level, meaning more students can access immediate emergency funding who might otherwise not be able to continue their studies.
  • Providing additional bursary funding to remove barriers and support those students that need assistance to study with us and realise their musical dreams. Bursary funding has increased by over 25% in the past year and due to the Annual Appeal, this can grow further, meaning that more students have the opportunity to receive bursary support.
  • Continuing to expand our well-being resource for students. This year, the RNCM Student Health and Wellbeing will launch as an integrated, research-led hub for student support. This includes two dedicated Student Wellbeing Advisors and our free counselling service. Thanks to funding, we are also expanding the number of Mental Health First Aiders and delivering Zero Suicide Alliance Training.
  • Offering scholarships to future RNCM students, helping us to attract the most exciting new talent to Manchester.

Thank you to everyone who donated. Your support means the world to us.

22 January 2022