I'm a young Australian pianist recently accepted to study a Masters Degree at the Royal College of Music in London, starting this September. I'm so excited to begin a new chapter of my life in such a vibrant city, and I'm looking forward to all of the learning opportunities set to come my way at such a renowned institution. I have a huge interest in modern art music: my passions lie in exploring new sounds and ideas and ensuring contemporary composers, especially those from my home country Australia, have the opportunity for their voices to be heard. Throughout my career I want to challenge many of the outdated practises surrounding concert pianists and pave the way for audiences to begin to approach music they never dreamed of listening to. I believe studying at the Royal College is the next step in my journey towards this. The College provides an additional Contemporary Piano course alongside my degree, and I know this will allow me to explore my goals with like-minded professionals. Study in a foreign country is an expensive undertaking, and it's stressful for me to be on the very edge of the next stage in my life and potentially facing the possibility of having to give up on my goal, simply because I can't afford it. I have a strong persevering quality to my personality (I'm sure anyone in the arts has to!) and I aim to explore every funding possibility. I am completely positive I will get there! Throughout my life, there have been many people and organisations who have supported me in every possible way, especially Variety the Children's Charity. Growing up solely with my grandmother meant facing many challenges - providing for a child on a fortnightly pension is hard enough, let alone supporting a budding musician. Thankfully, there are multitudes of generous people out there choosing to support those facing setbacks. I hope to achieve success in my life and become one of these generous people. Before that, I have to ensure I explore my talents and abilities as far as possible, and to do that I need financial support. Please help me on my journey. My profession is all about people and giving back to the community through music; I want to continue to do this, and I know the Royal College is a huge stepping stone towards a lifetime of giving back. Please help me get there.