Leeds College of Music has become the latest performing arts school to scrap audition fees, as it announces plans for two new degree courses in acting.
It said it had removed fees for all courses in a bid to “improve accessibility” of conservatoire training for people from all backgrounds.
The college currently charges £50 or £60 for auditions, but it said there would be no fees for prospective students auditioning for places in September 2020.
In addition, the Leeds college said it would be offering to cover travel expenses for people from low-income backgrounds.
The news comes as it announces plans for a BA (hons) in acting and another in actor musicianship – the first time it has offered acting courses at higher education level.
Vice-principal Joe Wilson said: “We are committed to providing inclusive music and performing arts education that is accessible to all. Attending an audition is an imperative part of the application process for our performance-based courses, and we do not want capable artists to be deterred due to a lack of financial support.”
He added: “Everyone has a right to arts education and should be able to pursue their ambition based on their talent and creativity, without the cost of auditions being a barrier to success.”