About ROSL ARTS
What we do
For over 65 years ROSL ARTS has developed a diverse portfolio of activities in music, visual arts, and literature. ROSL ARTS is devoted to the career development of talented young professional artists and musicians from the UK and the Commonwealth, and also presents readings and literary events at its central London headquarters.
The principal ways in which ROSL ARTS supports artists and musicians is through the ROSL Annual Music Competition, ROSL Commonwealth Music Scholarships, and ROSL Visual Arts Scholarships. ROSL ARTS also provides performance and exhibition opportunities for its artists and prizewinning musicians early in their careers, and thus brings their work to the attention of the professional arts community, the media, and the general public.
ROSL ARTS is supported by the membership and clubhouse operations of the Royal Over-Seas League and the ROSL Golden Jubilee Trust Fund (registered charity no 306095), as well as donations and sponsorship from many sources: businesses such as Harrods Bank and Coutts & Co; charitable trusts including the John Ellerman Foundation, the Rayne Foundation, the Underwood Trust, the Weinstock Fund; numerous private benefactors; the Friends of ROSL ARTS.
ROSL ARTS has collaborated and received support from the national arts councils of several Commonwealth countries, the British Council, Visiting Arts and UK regional arts boards. ROSL ARTS has collaborated with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in presenting outstanding young Commonwealth artists and musicians at the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings.
The ROSL Annual Music Competition is the centrepiece of ROSL ARTS’ year-round programme of events. The competition offers more than £70,000 in awards with a £10,000 first prize (the Gold Medal) for solo performers and two chamber ensemble awards of £10,000. The winners of the Wind & Percussion, Singers, Strings, and Keyboard solo sections and the accompanist prize receive £5,000 each.
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The ROSL Commonwealth Music Scholarships have been widely expanded in the last few years, now including an award for a musician from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Annually, chamber musicians from Australia and New Zealand are selected to come to the UK for a scholarship tour, which includes giving concerts at various venues arranged by ROSL ARTS, coaching sessions with prestigious teachers at the London conservatoires and tickets to many of the finest concerts in the summer Proms season and other theatres. This experience often proves invaluable to our Commonwealth musicians, as they get a taste of professional music life in London, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in other music festivals around the UK.
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The ROSL Visual Arts Scholarships work within the original mandate of its founder to ‘maintain social and cultural links worldwide’ and through our Visual Art Scholarships we look to bring international creativity to the UK. The scholarship has developed over the years but has always maintained the focus of bringing early career artists to the UK and providing opportunities to network and develop creatively amongst their peers from around the world.
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CLICK HERE to see the list of our visual art alumni.
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