Rolling Stone Scholarship

Southern Cross University and Rolling Stone Australia are partnering again to offer the Rolling Stone Scholarship for 2024.

The Scholarship was offered in both 2021 and 2022 and covers a total value of $15,000 over 3 years for Southern Cross University’s Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree at either our Lismore or Coomera campuses.

If you dream one day of performing in front of thousands at the massive festivals around Australia, or are keen on teaching music to young students, then this is the degree for you.

At Southern Cross we believe that finding your own rhythm and moving to your own beat is fundamental to transforming tomorrow and look forward to you joining us to discover all there is to know about the production, performance, song writing or other professional areas of the music industry.


Application process

Applications open: 3 July – 28 September 2023.

*see below for full eligibility and selection criteria.

Number available


Course of study

Bachelor of Contemporary Music studying on-campus at Lismore or Coomera.


$5000 per scholarship for 3 years
See Information for recipients for details about general conditions and payments.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants for the Rolling Stone Scholarship must be:

  1. Either an Australian citizen or permanent resident visa holder (general or humanitarian).

  2. Commencing the first year of a Bachelor Contemporary Music degree Southern Cross University on-campus at either the Lismore or Coomera campus in 2024.

  3. Be studying full-time (minimum of three units per teaching session or 6–8 units per academic year).

Selection criteria

  1. The standard of your 50-word response to "Why music matters to you".

  2. The ten best answers from commencing Bachelor of Contemporary Music students will be shortlisted.

  3. The successful recipient will be selected based on their audition as well as their 50-word response to “Why music matters to you” as assessed by the Scholarship selection committee.