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GAMPA and Parasol Foundation to offer eight scholarships

Gib Festival for Young Musicians 010319 (Photo John Bugeja) organised by the Gib Academy Music and Performing Arts

The Parasol Foundation Trust in collaboration with Gibraltar Academy of Music and Performing Arts will offer eight scholarships this year.

This is a continuation of the Parasol Foundation Scholarship Programme that has been designed to help the next generation of musicians and actors develop their skills.

Two scholarships for ‘Excellence and Promise’ will be on offer.

This will be offered to students who show a high level of skill or have the potential to excel.

Students will need to present two contrasting pieces as well as a series of technical skills in front or a panel as part of an audition process.

Last year the standard of applications was so high that three scholarships were offered. Darius Oliva and Andrii Szalkovskiy on piano and Julianne Coleing on Voice were the lucky recipients.
A further six scholarships will be offered to students with financial hardships.

“Extra-curricular activities can prove to be expensive if a student feels they really want to dedicate themselves to a certain series of classes,” said GAMPA in a statement.

GAMPA is giving the opportunity for six students to apply or be referred for this scholarship.

Ensemble Scholarships are open to all students of the Academy.

GAMPA will be offering String Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Corps of Drums, Solfege, Vocal Ensemble and Piano Ensemble Classes in order to get children accustomed to playing as part of a group.

This will develop their ensemble skills with a view to having the children develop into become a Youth Orchestra. These classes will have no maximum limit of students. They will be selected according to their progress during the term.

The Parasol Foundation Trust have also supported the Academy with a scholarship for Drama and Music books in order to complete the Academy’s Library as well as the funding of more instruments.

The Parasol Foundation Scholarship Programme will continue from September 2019 and run until September 2020.

“We thank Ruth Parasol and The Parasol Foundation trust for supporting us,” said GAMPA.

“The collaboration between GAMPA and The Parasol Foundation Trust has been going on for a year and has been a huge success.”

The Parasol Foundation Trust is a philanthropic trust established in 2004 in Gibraltar and is overseen by its principal benefactress, Ruth Parasol.

For over 10 years the Parasol Foundation Trust, a philanthropic trust established in Gibraltar in 2004, has been giving to communities in Gibraltar, UK, Israel, India and the United States.
To date, the Trust has committed over £20,000,000 on various educational, health, culture and heritage initiatives.

Ruth Parasol is the trust’s principal benefactress. She is considered to be one of the world’s wealthier self-made women today. Following the immense, international success of her online gaming company and its IPO on the London Stock exchange in 2005, Ruth stepped aside and sold her remaining gaming interests to focus on raising her children and also diversifying and managing her proceeds and advising her philanthropic trust.

There are many different scholarships available in this programme and we at the Gibraltar Academy of Music and Performing Arts are very grateful to Ruth Parasol and The Parasol Foundation Trust for their support.

GAMPA will be holding auditions for students interested in the ‘Excellence and Promise Scholarships’ on Monday June 3, 2019.

Deadline for entries is Monday May 27, 2019. For further information and entry forms email or visit their website on

Pic by Johnny Bugeja

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