Management consulting and technology services company Accenture has established a bursary to help further the careers of some of Britain's most promising music students.

Management consulting and technology services company Accenture has established a bursary to help further the careers of some of Britain's most promising music students.

The bursary is worth £3,000 ($5,000) and is open to current music students of the Brit School for Performing Arts and Technology.

A shortlist of student performances will be judged by a panel of industry professionals, who form the Music Industry Trusts' executive committee; including EMI Music worldwide vice chairman David Munns, Lesley Douglas, controller of BBC Radio 2, and HMV Group COO Brian McLaughlin.

The winner will perform live before guests at the Accenture reception at the MITS Award dinner on Nov. 7 at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

Broadcaster Michael Parkinson, recipient of the 2005 MITS Award, will present the bursary prize on the night.

"We are delighted that Accenture has established this generous bursary to support creativity within our music department," comments Nick Williams, principal of the BRIT School. "It provides a terrific incentive to our students and helps to acknowledge their innovation and hard work.”

U.K. chart-topper Katie Melua and multi-Brit Award nominee Amy Winehouse are former students of the school, which is based in Croydon, south of London.

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