Singer-songwriter David Husz awarded the UWS Paolo Nutini Songwriting Scholarship for 2020/21

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Singer-songwriter David Husz has been awarded the University of the West of Scotland’s (UWS) Paulo Nutini Songwriting Scholarship for 2020/21.

Now in its third year, the scholarship, which is sponsored by UWS honorary doctor Paolo Nutini, is awarded to one student on the University’s acclaimed MA Music programme. The scholarship was established by Paisley native Paolo to give the next generation of songwriting talent the opportunity to take their work to the next level, providing funding of £5,500 towards tuition fees.

On being awarded the scholarship, David said: “The team behind the MA Music have shown me an excellent level of support even ahead of starting my studies. I am immensely grateful and privileged to now receive the financial support made possible by the Paolo Nutini scholarship as well, and look forward to making the most of the opportunities that await me.”

David, who is from Munich, got his start in music in 2017 with the release of his debut EP Woodshedding. Since then, he’s been refining his style both online and in the live music scene. In 2018, he finished in second place in the Munich Song Slam, and has also collaborated with other artists, such as in musical theatre productions and poetry readings. He has enrolled on UWS’s MA in Music to take his career to the next level.

Dr Jenn Kirby, Programme Leader for MA Music at UWS, said: “We are delighted to announce David Husz as this year’s Paolo Nutini Scholar. The scholarship is highly competitive, with excellent candidates each year. We are excited to be welcoming David to UWS this year and you can expect to hear some amazing things from him alongside his classmates of songwriters, sound producers and music industry practitioners.”

The Masters programme at UWS has four different pathways: Songwriting; Sound Production; Industries; and Music, for those with a broad interest in the creative, technical and industrial elements of music.

Students on the programme have access to industry standard broadcasting and recording facilities, and are taught by academics including members of bands such as Love and Money, Deacon Blue and the Pearlfishers.

You can find out more about David and listen to his work to date at

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