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Eleanor Philpot

Guildhall School of Music and Drama makes significant cuts to audition fees

11:00, 14th February 2020

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) has reduced the UK application fee for its Acting programmes by 47%.

Coming into effect when applications open for 2021 entry in September 2020, the fee for auditions will be reduced from £66 to £35, and will cover all three rounds of auditions.

Orla O’Loughlin, vice-principal and director of drama at Guildhall School says:

‘As one of the world’s leading conservatoires, Guildhall School has a responsibility to ensure our world class Acting training is accessible to as many potential students as possible. To this end, we already provide free applications for eligible undergraduate applicants alongside a number of dynamic access initiatives designed to encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds. 56% of Acting students receive some form of financial support*. This ongoing commitment to ensuring access to our programmes has resulted in our most representative cohort of actors on record, with 46% of our current intake identifying as BAME and a 50/50 gender balance across all our courses. Our ongoing partnerships with a range of external organisations, in particular Open Door and the Diversity School Initiative, have proved powerful catalysts for change, and I would like to acknowledge their invaluable support.

I hope that by substantially reducing the application fee and significantly increasing the geographical reach of our auditions we make a clear statement that Guildhall School continues to dismantle the long-standing barriers that exist for many when accessing drama school training. I recognise that there is still a long way to go and that, as a sector, we still have much work to do, but I am resolute that, in this sea-change moment for our industry, we ensure the opportunity for the brightest and most representative talent to flourish.’

GSMD will also offer auditions in more cities across the UK, now covering Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, and Nottingham alongside London and Newcastle where auditions already take place. The first two rounds of its nationwide auditions will take place on the same day, helping auditionees with travel costs.

To find out more, visit: https://www.gsmd.ac.uk/

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