Trusts

Here is a list of various organisations who regularly help people to find the funds for, or a loan of, an instrument. They tend to be quite specific, so it is worth doing lots of research to find one that really fits your circumstances. 

 

The Royal Philharmonic Society Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation

Who is it open to: Students of UK Music Conservatoires or Colleges of Music. Priority is given to first year students and junior students who will shortly be embarking on full-time study.

Maximum amount: Grants do not usually exceed £4,000

How to apply: Application is made directly by College / Conservatoire Principals.

Website: http://royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk/index.php/young_musicians/instrument_purchase

 

Awards for Young Musicians

Who is it open to: Upper age limit is 17 and applicants must be resident in the UK

Maximum amount: Up to £2,000

How to apply: Applications for 2017 awards will open in Autumn 2016

Website: http://www.a-y-m.org/how-we-help/awards/

 

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust Instrument Purchase Loan

Who is it open to: Open to those who have received postgraduate study award from the Trust and have completed their studies.

Maximum amount: Interest-free loans repayable over 5-12 years

How to apply: Application for 2016 is now closed. Keep checking for details for 2017.

Website: http://www.munstertrust.org.uk/awards/funding-available/instrument-purchase-loan

 

The Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust

Who is it open to: Music students and recent music graduates from Surrey or who those are linked to the Royal College of Music  or the University of Surrey

Maximum amount: Not stated

How to apply: Applications can be submitted at any time. The Trust meets five times a year to consider applications.

Website: www.hrtaylortrust.org.uk

 

The Macfarlane Walker Trust

Who is it open to: Music students who can demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to those from Gloucestershire.

Maximum amount: Grants between £500 and £2,000

How to apply: Applications are considered throughout the year.

Website: http://www.unigrants.co.uk/music/macfarlane-walker-trust

 

Abbado European Young Musicians’ Trust

Who is it open to: Young instrumentalists not usually over 30.

Maximum amount: Interest free loans which are normally to be repaid within 5 years.

How to apply: Applications are considered every three months.

Contact: john.hughes@speechlys.com

 

The Dulce Haigh Marshall Trust

Who is it open to: String players resident in Devon and under the age of 25.

Maximum amount: Not stated.

How to apply: Awards are made annually in July.

Website: http://plymouthsymphony.co.uk/DHMTrust/

 

EMI Music Sound Foundation

Who is it open to: Musicians in full time education

Maximum amount: Awards up to £2,000

How to apply: Applications are considered twice yearly. Next deadline is 30thAugust 2016.

Website: http://www.emimusicsoundfoundation.com/

 

The Felicity Belfield Music Trust

Who is it open to: Up to age 21.

Maximum amount: Not stated. The instrument can be kept until the beneficiary turns 25, at which time it can either be returned or bought from the trust by instalment.

How to apply: Applications are considered throughout the year.

Website: http://felicitybelfieldmusictrust.co.uk/

 

Loan Fund for Musical Instruments

Who is it open to: Loan scheme for professional players under 36.

How to apply: Loan requests of any amount considered, maximum repayment period is 5 years.

Website: http://www.lfmi.org.uk/

 

Loan Fund for Musical Instruments (Grant scheme)

Who is it open to: The Grant Scheme from third year of full-time study until two years after graduation.

Maximum amount: Grant up to £5000.

How to apply: Applications considered three times a year.

Website: http://www.lfmi.org.uk/

 

For further research, we highly recommend the excellent funding wizard found here: https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/emerging-musicians/funding-wizard

If you are a trust and would like to be added to this list, please get in touch.