Bocelli offers a scholarship

Bocelli offers a scholarship


norman lebrecht

November 25, 2019

The Italian tenor’s charitable foundation has co-founded a scholarship at the at the Royal College of Music in London together with Mohammed Jameel of the charitable enterprise Community Jameel.

Neither side is saying how much money is involved, but we understand the fund is worth just under $1 million.

Press release below.



Andrea Bocelli founded ABF in 2011 to empower people and communities and help them overcome barriers in order to reach their full potential. Many of the foundation’s core values are shared by Community Jameel, a global philanthropy with a focus on creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation, and youth. Earlier this year, on stage at the Winter in Tantora Festival in AlUla, Saudi Arabia, Bocelli explained how Mohammed Jameel had inspired him to pursue philanthropy and found the ABF. Community Jameel has a commitment to promoting learning in the arts, including through Art Jameel, an organisation that supports artists and creative communities, which Community Jameel founded in 2003.

Andrea Bocelli stated: ‘The Andrea Bocelli Foundation believes that music education can become an integral part of the lives of children and youth. In fact, the Foundation’s staff and volunteers work tirelessly to include and promote world-class programmes and methodologies that leverage music as a powerful tool to promote the discovery and full expression of the self. We are thrilled to take a new step in support of our commitment to music education with the establishment of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation-Community Jameel Scholarship at the Royal College of Music, one of the world’s most esteemed institutions, in collaboration with our cherished partner Community Jameel.’




  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Wonderful generosity. A class act.

    • V. Lind says:

      For once I agree with you. I waited a day to see responses around here. But the contempt so many SD posters seem to feel for Mr, Bocelli seems to mean that they also dismiss his life as well as his career. This is a very generous act, which will benefit young classical music students. Bu it appears that sneering culture cannot run to a simple appreciation.