To celebrate the launch of the new 2-year accelerated Distance Learning Online BA (Hons) Commercial Music degree, commencing on January 28th 2019, WaterBear has teamed up with musician and entrepreneur Rob Chapman to offer a scholarship opportunity for one exceptional student. The Rob Chapman Scholarship is valued at over £6,000 and is open to any student interested in any music discipline (guitar, vocals, bass, drums, production, songwriting, etc.) who enrols onto the 2-year Distance Learning BA (Hons) Commercial Music programme at WaterBear.

The recipient of the Rob Chapman Scholarship will benefit from an award of £6000 GBP, spread across the 2-year duration of the degree. The cash award is designed to help the recipient with their living costs and support them throughout their time at the University. For example, it could be used to fund:

1) Musical equipment – guitars, mics, pedals, amps, recording equipment, etc.
2) Band and solo project development – videos, marketing, recording and distribution.
3) General living expenses.

The BA (Hons) Commercial Music has been created for people who want to develop a stable and rewarding career in the music industry. Its comprehensive syllabus provides a firm foundation for the development of a long-term career. This course is suitable for: Vocalists, Guitarists, Drummers, Bassists, Producers, Songwriters, DJs, Tour Managers, Event Managers and Event Technicians.

WaterBear Ambassador and Director of Guitar Innovation Rob Chapman comments: “I am delighted to support the next generation of musicians on their musical journey. To make this even more special, I’ll let the successful candidate pick a guitar from my range.” WaterBear Founder Director Bruce John Dickinson added: “Deciding to study for a degree qualification is a huge investment of time and money and should never be undertaken lightly, we are excited to have designed an innovative 2-year accelerated degree programme, making the programme more accessible for everyone. The delivery of the new course is entirely online, which means a musician no longer needs to relocate in order to study with us. This fantastic opportunity; the Rob Chapman Scholarship will help to support one lucky student throughout their time at WaterBear, and beyond.”

How to apply:

All students enrolling onto the 2-year accelerated Distance Learning Online BA (Hons) Commercial Music degree will automatically be eligible to apply for the Rob Chapman Scholarship award.
1. Go to
2. Select ‘Apply Now’ on the Home Page
3. Complete the short form and select BA (Hons) Commercial Music — 2-yr / Accelerated Online
4. WaterBear will be in contact shortly afterwards to schedule a consultation
5. For consultation guidelines, please visit

The cash award will be split over the two years of the programme and is not a reduction in course tuition fees.
Terms & Conditions apply.

Click here for the full Terms & Conditions.

The BA (Hons) Commercial Music Online Programme qualifies for UK student loan
funding, U.S Sallie Mae Funding, Sweden CSN Funding, Norway Lånekassen and
Denmark SU – The Danish students’ Grants and Loans.

By Sam Robson

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