Funding Sources and other useful links

Independent sources of funding advice

All students can consult the Help Musicians UK website, where there is a useful Funding Wizard. Please note that ‘Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Awards’ are allocated after direct nomination from the student’s conservatoire (the Academy does this through the bursary procedure).

There are also other trusts and foundations with whom the Academy works directly (see list here). In these cases, the Academy will determine who receives these awards as part of its internal processes, so students do not need to request nomination.

There are many comprehensive guides to funding. The following may prove particularly beneficial:

The British and International Music Yearbook, published by Rhinegold Publishing

The British Council (for international students)
10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2BN. Telephone: 020 7211 6000

The European Funding Guide 

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

Grants to study in the UK: A Guide for Overseas Students, and Directory of Grantmaking Trusts: these are available from the Directory for Social Change, telephone +44 (0)20 7209 5151

Personal Research

We recommend that you also do your own research into available funding. These links may be useful:

Crowdfunding is increasingly being used as a vehicle to raise funds towards fees. It enables individuals to raise money online to reach a financial target.  Although this is a common route for people raising funds for charitable ends (usually to a group of people cultivated online over a period time), self-financing in this way is a relatively new departure. However, it needs care and thought. If using crowdfunding in this way your ‘project’ must be seen to have value and possibly material benefit to a wider audience in the long-run. These websites might be of use:-

Other possible funding sources

In addition, the following organisations may be in a position to help you — but please check carefully to see if you are eligible before approaching them. Information correct at the time of publication, although details and criteria can change. Please be sure to consult all literature produced by these funding bodies before applying.

The Tom Acton Memorial Trust: The trust supports young musicians from Essex (born, educated or resident) aged 25 or under with financial help for instruments, tuition, and other expenses. Select based on talent, and require an application supported by a teacher’s recommendation. Awards will be made of variable amounts according to need, up to a maximum of £750.
Contact: Hamilton House, Cobblers Green, Felstead, Gt Dunmow, Essex, CM6 3LX

British Spanish Society: grants are available to students of either UK or Spanish nationality and are awarded for postgraduate studies in any discipline including any field related to the work of the Societies Principal Supporters who generously fund the scholarships. Applications are now invited for five Scholarships of the order of £4,500, with a likely maximum of £5,000.
Closing Date – 15th May 2017.
Website –

Sir James Caird’s Travelling Scholarship: Grants and scholarships available to Scottish postgraduate students, tenable for 1 year but may be renewed for up to 2 further years. Closing date - late January. No entry fee.
Contact: or telephone 01382 229111 (ask for Mr N Barclay, Secretary to the Trust). 

The Concordia Foundation provides funding for musicians and ensembles who are currently studying and would like to pursue a performance career in music.

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust: Annual awards towards cost of postgraduate study in UK and abroad.Open to instrumentalists, singers and composers undertaking performance based courses. Also interest-free instrument purchase loans for those on brink of platform career (past award holders only).  Eligibility criteria apply — please see website for details. No entry fee. Apply online — closing date 10th February.
Contact: Mrs Deborah Bacon, Secretary, Wormley Hill, Godalming, Surrey GU8 5SG Tel: 01428 685427

The Cross Trust: Open to graduates/undergraduates of Scottish birth or parentage. Aims include encouragement of performance participation in music and drama. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding merit; financial hardship also taken into account.
Apply: The Secretaries of The Cross Trust, McCash & Hunter LLP, Solicitors, 25 South Methven Street, Perth, PH1 5PE 
Email: Tel: 01738 620451 Fax: 01738 631155

C H Dixon Charitable Trust: Funding for musicians of all ages in England.
Apply: R.M. Robinson, Messrs Dixon Ward, 16 The Green, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1QD.

The Elizabeth Eagle-Bott Memorial Fund: Annual awards between £5,000 & £20,000 to visually impaired organists and other classical musicians under age 30. Funding for any musical activity in preparation for the music profession. 
Open to UK citizens only. No application fee.
Contact: The Music Education and Employment Adviser, RNIB, 105 Judd Street, London, WC1H 9NE.
Tel: 020 7388 1266

Fulbright Commission: Postgraduate Student Awards to British citizens or EU citizens normally resident in the UK, wishing to study in USA at postgraduate level, who hold at least 2:i Hons. degree (or equivalent) from a British University. Travel and maintenance awards for full funding to cover all costs for 9 months. Award carries expectation of 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:

Ruby and Will George Trust: Applicants must have a connection to commerce. Use contact form on their website to make an initial enquiry.

Help Musicians UK: Help Musicians UK is the leading UK charity for professional musicians. Through its Talent Programme, the charity provides grants towards the cost of postgraduate study at conservatoires and performing colleges — covering classical music performance, opera, jazz and musical theatre. Students must be nominated by their college and grants will be allocated following audition in front of an expert panel  of musicians. The Academy nominates students who have already been offered scholarships as part of the awards process. For more information please visit
Contact: Help Musicians UK, 7-11 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JS
Tel: 020 7239 9100 Email:

International Students House Residential Scholarship Scheme: full details of this generous scheme can be found here.

Making Music Awards for young musicians: Making Music presents a number of awards, bursaries and prizes to individual musicians, groups and organisations in both the voluntary and professional sector. 
Further information available at
Contact: Making Music, 2-4 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3NW, telephone 020 7422 8280

Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust: Awards to deserving artists of any kind whether writers, painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers, craftsmen or inventors who are unable to pursue their vocation by reason of their poverty. Awards are restricted to persons who are natural born British subjects, of parents both of whom are British subjects and 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:

Martin Music Trust: for those aged under 25 on 31st January. If you are a UK citizen, the Award can be used to study in the UK or abroad. If you are not a UK citizen the Award must be used for study in the UK. You must be studying for a performing career as a soloist, chamber musician or orchestral player. Organists, singers, guitarists and academic studies are NOT supported by the Fund. There is no limit to the number of times successful or unsuccessful applicants may apply. All awards must be taken up within the following twelve month period (payable from 1 June for private tuition and 1 September for tuition fees). There is a £20 Registration Fee. Auditions take place during 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 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

Pendle Young Musicians' Bursary: set up in 2012 to give young musicians a chance of gaining substantial funding to help them continue their musical studies. The bursary is open to those aged 17 to 21 years who reside in a specified catchment area.

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, Faringdon SN7 7YJ, UK 

The Prince’s Trust: For applicants aged 16–25 who are not in education, training or employment. Form available online or call 0800 842842.

Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys: TalentAid helps to support children and young people who are exceptionally gifted in music, sport or the performing arts. Applicants must have a parent or grandparent who is a Freemason. 
Contact: For further information about TalentAid, please contact the Case Advisor Team, telephone 020 7405 2644 

Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition: The competition has four solo awards for Keyboard, Strings, Wind/Percussion and Singers, the winners of which compete for the Competition Gold Medal and First Prize. The solo awards are open to UK and Commonwealth citizens, including former Commonwealth countries, for instrumentalists and singers up to and including the age of 30 as at 6 May 2014.
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:

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

Tait Memorial Trust: Annual grants to postgraduate students and young Australian professional musicians to provide training and performance opportunities and generally help further careers whilst living in UK. Age limit 35. Closing date 31st March. 
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. 

The Worshipful Company of Musicians: John Clementi Collard Fellowship – Honorarium of £5,000 awarded to professional musician of standing and experience, aged 27-50. Designed to give financial assistance to an individual of outstanding ability who is prevented by financial stringency from exercising and exploiting his/her talent. Candidate must show excellence in one or more of higher branches of musical activity, i.e. composition, research, performance (incl. conducting). May be nominated or apply directly.
Details of other WCOM awards at

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 CD or DVD. Closing date 28th November; three awards of EUR 2,000 each.
Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK), Sherbourne Drive, Tilbrook, Milton Keynes, MK7 8BL.  
Tel: 01908 366700

For Instrument Purchase

The Cherubim Trust 

Loan Fund for Musical Instruments 

For Competitions

World Federation of International Music Competitions