High Performance Student Musicians - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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High Performance Student Musicians

At USC, a High Performance Student Musician is someone who has had significant success in the performing arts at a state, national, international or commercial level. The student must also demonstrate the qualities of enormous potential, tenacity, drive, ambition and ability.


  • Currently enrolled in a USC undergraduate or postgraduate program.

Note: Students are encouraged to undertake the Music minor or major if it is possible to include this in their undergraduate degree, but this is not an eligibility requirement.

Selection criteria

Criteria that demonstrate merit can include:

  • Member of a national arts company
  • Member of a state arts company
  • Significant success in major performing arts, awards, competition or commercial arenas at a state, national or international level
  • Undertaken a major role in a commercial arts production as a performer, composer or music producer
  • Significant success in performing, composing or producing at recognised festivals at a state, national or international level
  • Demonstrated track record of leading workshops in artistic development at a state, national or international level
  • Signed by a major commercial label or production company
  • Significant body of work as a composer or performing artist
  • Significant success as an independent artist/music producer with a well-documented track record
  • Significant airplay on film, TV, radio or other platforms

USC understands that students may not have achieved the criteria but are able to demonstrate they are pursuing a pathway towards their career goals with comparable levels of artistic pursuits.

How to apply

You can apply for status as a HPSM once you have accepted your offer to study a USC undergraduate or postgraduate program.

If you meet the program selection criteria, complete the HPSM application form. Don’t forget to upload documentary evidence of your artistic level.

Applicants who meet the criteria will then attend a short interview process with the Artistic Director of Music; the Director of Vocal Arts; the High Performance Student Program Coordinator; and up to two people nominated by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement).

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within five working days.

Key dates for applications

  • Semester 1, 2019: 5pm 22 March 2019
  • Semester 2, 2019: 5pm 16 August 2019

If you miss these application dates, please contact the High Performance Student Program Coordinator.

More information

For further information, please contact the High Performance Student Program Coordinator.


  • HPSM program induction
  • A series of student musician focussed workshops from expert USC music industry specialists. Topics include:
    • media training
    • entrepreneurship
    • time management
    • nutrition
    • recovery
    • peaking
    • music psychology
    • skill acquisition
    • drug and alcohol education
    • securing sponsorship
  • Access to high performance music mentors internal and external to USC
  • Student musician leadership initiatives
  • Parking permit valued at $100 per semester

  • Access to Sunshine Coast music events and festivals (as negotiated by USC)

  • Access to USC pool

  • Discounts for musical equipment supported by our partners

Facilitated support for learning
  • Early enrolment to support schedules
  • Early assessment of academic preparedness to receive personalised information and advice
  • Facilitated access to academic skills and learner-to-learner support
  • Pre-semester skills preparation and workshops
  • Small group and one-to-one support for learning and skill development from experienced peers, academic advisers and specialist staff
  • Access to drop-in sessions to develop both subject matter understanding and academic and technical skills
  • Study hall sessions
  • Career planning and employment advice
  • Interview skills development
  • Change of program advice
Wellbeing services
  • Counselling (face-to-face and online)
  • Counselling resources
  • Psychological services
  • Advocacy within both academic and music environments to support study/performance balance
Scholarships and financial assistance
  • HPSMs may be eligible for financial assistance of up to $500 to support costs associated with musicianship and study
  • HPSMs may also be eligible for the many other scholarships and bursaries USC offers
  • HPSMs are eligible for USC’s student loan scheme and may apply for tailored packages to support their music/study needs