EMI Music Sound Foundation is an independents charity established by EMI in 1997 to commemorate the centenary of EMI Records. The EMI Music Sound Foundation is now the single largest sponsor of Specialist Performing Arts Colleges in England and has created vital bursaries for at music colleges, to assist music students. In 2005, the Foundation extended its remit to cover the Irish World Academy in Ireland. A bursary was made available on an annual basis towards the establishment of the EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary in Community Music at the Irish World Academy.
Applicants should normally be under 25 years of age, born in the UK or Ireland, and should have applied for admission to the MA Community Music Programme. In certain instances, bursary applications may be considered for admission to other Irish World Academy programmes.