Award-winning rock duo, Royal Blood, have announced their scholarship with WaterBear – The College of Music. Hailing from Brighton, Royal Blood have an instant connection to the music college which is based in the famous North Laine area of the city.  

But it’s not only location they have in common. WaterBear’s ethos is very much reflected in Royal Blood’s career. Innovation in the music industry is at the forefront, paving the way for musicians to drive their own career in a unique way, armed with the tools they need to succeed in an ever-changing landscape. Comprising of drummer Ben Thatcher and bassist/vocalist Mike Kerr, the two-piece has proven that a passion for what you do combined with unwavering authenticity can pave the way for a great career (both of their studio albums reached number 1 in the UK) and result in redefining genres

The scholarship will cover all tuition fees for one lucky student throughout their degree at WaterBear. The course eligible for the scholarship award is the BA (Hons) Career Musician which can be studied on-site in Brighton, or online via distance learning – this gives musicians the choice to study in a way that suits them, from wherever they are in the world.  

Music has no boundaries. With a commitment to smaller class sizesflexible course delivery and one-to-one mentoring, WaterBear represents a fresh approach to Higher Education. 

Royal Blood says: “We’re excited to team up with WaterBear for this scholarship and support an artist on their journey into a career in music. We look forward to meeting the other musicians studying at the college too.” 

About the course 

The BA (Hons) Career Musician degree is designed to give you the perfect blend of artistic freedom alongside practical strategies to forge your own career. The degree is built on three fundamental elements – your music, your career and your projects. It deals with what really matters in the industry. It will expand your options and push you to create original, boundary-shifting music. It’s fully accredited and approved by one of the UK’s leading specialist universities for the creative industries, Falmouth University. 

Details of how to apply for the scholarship and all Ts and Cs can be found at 

Royal Blood – Photo Credit: Joeseth Carter

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!
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