Funding Sources - Other Useful Links


International students should contact their own Education Ministry in addition to their local British Council or Consulate office for details of possible awards for study abroad that would apply to studying with the LPMAM.

Further information for non-UK students about working within the UK as a means to finance yourself is available in the International Students page.


A useful tool, called a ‘Funding Wizard’ is available to all potential students on the Help Musicians UK website. It is worth noting, however, that Help Musicians UK Young Artist Awards’ are now allocated after direct nomination from the student’s conservatoire (we do this via the bursary procedure).


Additionally to all the information given so far, there are many useful and comprehensive guides regarding funding. The LPMAM believes potential students may find the following of particular help:

  • Help Musicians UK online guide to Musical Awards and Scholarships
  • Help Musicians UK, 7–11 Britannia Street, London, WC1X 9JS— helpmusicians.org.uk
  • The British and International Music Yearbook
  • Published by Rhinegold Publishing — rhinegold.co.uk
  • The British Council (for international students), 10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2BN. Telephone: 020 7211 6000 — britishcouncil.org
  • Grants to study in the UK: A Guide for Overseas Students
  • Directory of Grant-making Trusts: these are available from the Directory for Social Change, telephone +44 (0)20 7209 5151 — dsc.org.uk

Crowdfunding: increasingly, Crowdfunding is being used by individuals to raise funds towards tuition fees. The concept is to set a target and recruit donors. This is a popular route for charity fund-raising, however it is being increasingly used for individuals self-financing themselves for a course of study. This option requires care and thought as to what the value is to your ‘crowd’ over time. However, in some situations Crowdfunding for Tuition Fee financing can be successful. These websites might be of use:

www.creative-choices.co.uk/develop-your-career/article/crowdfunding-models-explained

www.creative-choices.co.uk/develop-your-career/article/the-dark-side-of-crowdfunding

ccskills.org.uk/supporters/employer-advice/article/crowdfunding-for-the-arts

www.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2012/aug/16/kickstarter-uk-launch-crowdfunding-culture

www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2014/aug/20/crowdfunding-arts-top-tips-experts

In addition, the following organisations may be able to help you. Please ensure you meet relevant eligibility criteria before pursuing them as an option. The information here is accurate at the point of publication, although you must check for any changes and consult their websites and relevant literature before applying.


The Tom Acton Memorial Trust: This is a specific trust supporting young musicians under 25 from Essex (by birth, education or residence) by financially assisting with instruments, tuition fees, as well as additional expenses of studying. The Trust supports individuals based on merit and will require an application supported by a teacher’s recommendation. Additionally, students are viewed in terms of need, but Awards can be granted up to a maximum of £750.
Contact: Hamilton House, Cobblers Green, Felstead, Gt Dunmow, Essex, CM6 3LX
Website: http://tomactonorg.wordpress.com


Sir James Cairds Travelling Scholarship: This Scholarship Scheme is available for grants and scholarships to Scottish Post-Graduate students. Initially tenable for 1 year, they may be renewed for up to a further 2 years. Their Closing Date is in January, and additionally they have no entry fee.

Details: The Administrator, Thorntons Solicitors, 50 Castle Street, Dundee, DD1 3RU.
Contact: 01382 229111 (ask for Mr N Barclay).


The Countess of Munster Musical Trust: This Trust offers awards on an annual basis for those undertaking postgraduate study in the UK and overseas. The awards are open to all British and Commonwealth music students under the age of 25 (28 for singers). They consider instrumentalists, singers, composers and conductors undertaking performance based courses like those at the LPMAM. Additionally, the Trust offers interest-free Instrument Purchase Loans for those who previously received an award from them starting out on a platform career under the age of 28. There is no entry fee.
Apply: Mrs Kathy Butler, Secretary, Wormley Hill, Godalming, Surrey GU8 5SG.
Contact: Tel: 01428 685427 Fax: 01428 685064
Email: admin@munstertrust.org.uk Website: www.munstertrust.org.uk


The Cross Trust: For graduates and postgraduates of Scottish birth or parentage. The Trust’s aims to encourage and enable development of performance participations in music and drama. Financial difficulties may be taken in to account, but applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent.
Apply: The Secretaries of The Cross Trust, McCash & Hunter LLP, Solicitors, 25 South Methven Street, Perth, PH1 5PE
Contact: Email: kathleencarnegie@mccash.co.uk Tel: 01738 620451 Fax: 01738 631155


C H Dixon Charitable Trust: This Trust is able to provide funding for English musicians of all ages.
Apply: R.M. Robinson, Messrs Dixon Ward, 16 The Green, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1QD.


The Elizabeth Eagle-Bott Memorial Fund: This Fund makes annual awards of between £5000 - £20,000 to visually impaired organists as well as other classical musicians, under the age of 30.They offer funding for any musical activity undertaken in preparation for a career in the musical profession. There is no application fee.
Contact: The Music Education and Employment Adviser, RNIB, 105 Judd Street, London, WC1H 9NE.
Tel: 020 7388 1266 Website: www.rnib.org.uk


Fulbright Commission: These are Postgraduate Student Awards available to British or EU citizens normally resident in the UK. Students need to have a desire to study in the USA at Postgraduate Level, and must hold a 2:i Hons. Degree (or equivalent) from a UK University. The awards provide travel and maintenance support for 9 months, although the award does carry an expectation of a second year.
Contact: The British Programme Manager, Fulbright House, 62 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2JZ (+ A4 s.a.e. + postage to cover 150g).
Tel: 020 7404 6880  Fax: 020 7404 6834
Email: programmes@fulbright.co.uk
Website: www.fulbright.co.uk


Ruby and Will George Trust: For applicants with a connection to commerce. Their website has a contact form for making an initial enquiry.
Website: http://www.therwgtrust.co.uk/Default.aspx


Help Musicians UK Music Education Awards: The LPMAM accesses support from Help Musicians UK for Scholarship students as part of the awards process.
Contact:The Administrator, Help Musicians UK, 7-11 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JS
Tel: 020 7636 4481 Fax: 020 7637 4307 
Email: education@mbf.org.uk 
Website: www.helpmusicians.org.uk


International Students House Residential Scholarship Scheme: Website: www.ish.org.uk/welfare-amp-scholarships/scholarships-overview


Making Music: within both the voluntary and professional sector, Making Music offers Financial Awards for young musicians, groups and organisations through the form of awards, bursaries and prizes.
Further information available at www.makingmusic.org.uk/ayca
Contact:ayca@makingmusic.org.uk 
Making Music, 2-4 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3NW
Tel: 020 7422 8280


Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust: This Trust aims to enable the very poorest to pursue their creative vocation despite their poverty. They present Awards to a variety of artists from writers to painters, dancers to musicians. Eligibility criteria includes a requirement to be a British born citizens, or parents of whom are both British citizens. In addition, applicants must be over 30.
Closing date: October
Contact: Hamish Frost, Trust Manager, Bircham Dyson Bell LLP, 50 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BL
Tel +44 (0)20 7227 7000 Fax +44 (0)20 7222 3480 
Email: lindasnape@bdb-law.co.uk.


The Sidney Perry Foundation: Grants are given to overseas students, or those who are reading medicine after taking another first degree and therefore do not qualify for any support.
Contact: The Secretary, The Sidney Perry Foundation, PO BOX 2924, Farringdon SN7 7YJ, UK
Website: www.the-sidney-perry-foundation.co.uk


Martin Music Trust: The Trust offers funding to study either in the UK alone (for overseas students), or in either the UK or abroad (for UK citizens) for applicants who are under 25 at their cut-off date. You are required to be studying for a performing career as a soloist, chamber musician or orchestral player. Unfortunately the Trust’s support does not extend to other performers including organists, singers, guitarists as well as academic studies. You may apply as many times as you like but all awards must be taken up within the following 12 month period. A Registration Fee of £20 is required and auditions take place over the Easter Holiday period.

Awards in the scheme:
  • The Sydney Perry Foundation Scholarships - £18,000 (various awards) for postgraduate study
  • The June Allison Award - £500 (single award) for an outstanding woodwind player
  • The John E Mortimer Foundation Awards - £2,000 (various awards) offered to all applicants
  • The Emanuel Hurwitz Award - £2,500 two awards for pupils at the RAM in varying categories
  • The Paul Conway Memorial Award - £500 (single award) for an outstanding string player
  • The Friends of the Philharmonia Award - £1,000 (single award)
  • The Oliver Green Memorial Horn Award - £1,000 for horn players
  • Trevor Snoad Awards - Various awards for Viola Players
  • Meyer Foundation Orchestral Awards -Two awards for string players. Contact Martyn Jones (platner@btconnect.com) for details
  • Charles Henderson Ensemble Award - £6,000 plus Purcell Room recital
  • Earl and Maggie Guitar Award(s) for Pianists - £1,000 for outstanding pianists
  • Keith Harvey Award(s) for Cello & Bass - £3,000
  • Kay Hurwitz Award(s) for Viola - £1,000
Website: www.philharmonia.co.uk/about/mmsf


The Princes Trust: This exists for young people aged 16–25 who are not in education, training or employment. Form available online or call 0800 842842.
Website: www.princes-trust.org.uk/need_help/grants.aspx


Royal Overseas League Music Competition: This is an opportunity to win one of four solo awards for either Keyboard, Strings, Wind/Percussion or Singing. The winners of these 4 categories go on to compete for the Competition Gold Medal and First Prize. The competition is open to UK and Commonwealth citizens, for instrumentalists and singers up to the age of 30 at their cut-off date.
Contact: ROSL Arts, Royal Over-Seas League, Park Place, St James's Street, London, SW1A 1LR.
Tel: 020 7408 0214 ext.324 Fax: 020 7499 6738
Email: culture@rosl.org.uk
Website: www.roslarts.co.uk


Royal Philharmonic Society: Various instrumental, singing, and composition awards.
Contact: Royal Philharmonic Society, 10 Stratford Place, London W1C 1BA, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7491 8110 Fax: +44 (0)20 7493 7463
Email: web@royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk 
Website: www.royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk


Sky Academy Arts Scholarships: Sky Academy have a potential five £30,000 Scholarships available for developing artists, between the ages of 18-30, who show potential. As well as financial support, the winners receive a mentor from their industry as well as from Sky. These scholarships are open to UK and Ireland-based musicians. You can apply online at ideastap.com/artsscholarships


Tait Memorial Trust: This Trusts supports students and young professional musicians from Australia by providing training and performance opportunities to help develop their careers whilst they are residing in the UK. They have an age limit of 35.
Contact: Mrs. I. Baring, Chairman, 4/80 Elm Park Gardens, London, SW10 9PD. 
Tel: 020 7351 0561


Thomas Wall Trust: Application form and specific criteria online.  
Website: www.thomaswalltrust.org.uk


John Wates Charitable Trust:. Grants to young musicians, mainly in London and South East area, for single projects.
Contact: N.N.J. Smith, Messrs. Oswald Hickson Collier & Co., 1 Pemberton Row, Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 3EX
Tel: 020 7583 5333


The Worshipful Company of Musicians: John Clementi Collard Fellowship : this is an Honorarium of £5,000 awarded to professional musician of growing renown and experience, aged 27-50. The aim is to provide financial support to a person of outstanding ability who is prevented, due to finances, of developing and utilising their talent. Applicants need to demonstrate excellence in one or more of the higher branches of musical activity: composition; research; performance (including conducting). Candidates may be nominated by a third party or apply directly.
Contact: assistant@wcom.org.uk
Details of other WCOM awards on their website: www.wcom.org.uk


Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe: Rotating disciplines. Awards can be used for any purpose related to advancement of studies. Open to full-time students of any nationality under age 28, studying at recognised higher education institutions in UK. Entries by cassette tape, CD or mini disc. Closing date 28th Nov. 3 awards of EUR 2,000 each.
Contact: The Co-ordinator, Yamaha-Kemble Music (UK) Ltd., Sherbourne Drive, Tilbrook, Milton Keynes, MK7 8BL.
Tel: 01908 366700 Fax: 01908 368872
Website: http://ymfe.yamaha-europe.com/united_kingdom


For Instrument Purchase

The Cherubim Trust 

Loan Fund for Musical Instruments


For Competitions

World Federation of International Music Competitions