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Simeon

"it’s great because it means I can focus on my studies."

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The Rob Stringer Music Scholarship assists creative and talented musicians to study on the BMus Popular Music degree. It's named after its founder, who is a former Goldsmiths student and an Honorary Fellow, as well as Chairman of Columbia Records (part of Sony Music Entertainment).

We spoke to last year's scholarship winner Simeon to find out what the award has meant to him.

Congratulations on winning the Rob Stringer Scholarship. What does this level of financial support mean to you?
It means that I can pay my rent without having to go out to work - if I had to work I wouldn’t be able to spend as much time on my studies, so it’s great because it means I can focus on my studies, and I don’t have to worry about how my rent’s going to be paid.

Rob Stringer is a Goldsmiths graduate himself who has made a big name for himself in the music industry. As a musician yourself, what does it mean for him to have seen some promise in you?
To have a CEO of Sony Music Group recognise me in this way definitely means a lot. It’s good in terms of where my music’s going because it’s a good opportunity for the future – it means he’s seen my face!

How did you find the process for applying for the scholarship?
It was very straightforward - I had to explain how it would benefit me financially, and of course there were a lot of other people that applied, which meant that I had to explain how it would benefit me more than them. It worked out well for me!