Donor Charter

Philanthropy plays a significant role in the life of the Academy and supports our mission to recruit, develop and educate the musicians of tomorrow. We are very grateful to our donors for their generous support, and are committed to treating you with care and consideration as outlined below.

We will:

  • Use your gifts effectively and, to the best of our ability, as they were intended.
  • Acknowledge your gifts promptly, and keep you up-to-date about the impact your gifts have made.
  • Respect your right to privacy and data security per the Data Protection Act of 1998. We will never sell your name to a third party.
  • Maintain the highest standards of excellence in financial management, legal requirements and ethical obligations.
  • Ensure that every gift the Academy accepts complies with our gift acceptance policy.

As a supporter, you have the right to:

  • Tell us how you would like your gift to be used, which we will honour to the best of our ability in accordance with the Academy’s needs.
  • Remain anonymous.
  • Request that the Academy update contact details and communications preferences at any time.
  • Request a copy of your personal information held by the Academy or the Academy’s annual financial accounts.
  • Confirm the Academy’s exempt educational charitable status.

With the charitable gifts we receive, we endeavour to:

  • Ensure that the most talented students can attend the Academy, regardless of financial resources.
  • Provide students with the highest-calibre instructors through endowed chairs, fellowships and masterclasses.
  • Prepare students for professional careers by offering state-of-the-art recording studios, professional development services and performance opportunities.
  • Invest in student services and facilities, including our internationally-renowned instrument collection.
  • Bring world-class music to our communities through the Junior and Open Academies and other local initiatives.

When the donor restricts the application of their donation, the Academy will apply the gift to the purpose originally stated (subject to the Academy’s acceptance of the gift). Should the Academy’s priorities or needs change, the Academy will seek an alternative use for the donation through the appropriate bodies including the Charity Commission and the Governing Body of the Academy, and in line with legislation. We will continue to take into account the donor’s original wishes.

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