Paolo Nutini funds songwriting scholarship at the University of the West of Scotland


Paolo Nutini is funding a songwriting scholarship at the University of the West of Scotland.

As Paisley awaits news of its bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021, the university announced a worldwide talent search for the first recipient of the Paolo Nutini Songwriting Scholarship.

One student will be awarded a fully funded place on the song writing stream of the university’s acclaimed Masters in Music in September 2018.

The competition for selection is open to students across the globe and the Last Request star will also hold a song writing masterclass at the university where he received an honorary doctorate in 2012.

Paolo, who was born, educated and still lives in the town where UWS has its biggest campus, is one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation, with a portfolio including songs like Candy, New Shoes, and Iron Sky.

Students on the Masters programme are taught by UWS creative industries academics including members of bands such as Love and Money, Deacon Blue and the Pearlfishers and have access to the University’s state of the art broadcasting and recording facilities.

Course leader David Scott said that Paolo was a ‘huge inspiration' to young people in Paisley and beyond and said: "Our Masters in Music is always full of talented young people, and this initiative will help a talented songwriter to undertake studies with us at the University, regardless of their financial background.”

He added: “We are opening the doors now to applications from worthy candidates and we're looking forward to a talent search like no other, assessing candidates on their experience or academic qualifications and their portfolio of work."

UWS Principal & Vice-Chancellor Professor Craig Mahoney said he was delighted that Paisley star Paolo would be contributing to the life changing initiative.

He added: “The opportunity provided by this songwriting scholarship in our School of Media, Culture and Society will allow further enhancement of our long tradition in the music industry. This collaboration with Paolo extends the breadth of work we currently offer, but significantly allows us to help create new talent in the creative industries.”