Musical Instrument Funding

Instrument Purchase & Loan Schemes
(Information on The Countess of Munster Musical Trust website)
A listing of organisations that fund instrument purchase and/or provide loan schemes.

Arts Council England - Take it Away Scheme
Take it away is an Arts Council initiative that allows individuals to apply for an interest-free loan of up to £5,000 for the purchase of a musical instrument. You must purchase your musical instrument from a retailer that is a registered member of the Take it Away Scheme.
To be eligible to apply for a Take it away loan you must beaged 18-25, be a permanent UK resident, be working at least 16 hours per week and hold a bank or building society account capable of handling direct debit payments. For full terms and conditions see the website.

EMI Music Sound Foundation
Support for individuals in full time education to fund musical instrument/equipment purchase. Preference is given to individual students under the age of 25. Please note that they do not fund retrospectively. They do not support applications over £2000. If you have settled status in the UK on 1 September 2011, meaning you are a British Citizen or have been granted leave to enter or remain in the UK for an indefinite period or you have a certificate of right of abode AND on 1 September 2011 you have been resident in the UK for a minimum of 2 years, then you are eligible to apply.
The deadline for applications to be considered at the next Trustees' meeting in October is Wednesday 11 September 2013.

Loan Fund for Musical Instruments
The Loan Scheme is for professional players under the age of 36 who can show that they have sufficient income to be able to repay the Loan.
The Grant Scheme is designed to help students and young professional musicians from the beginning of their third year of full-time study until two years after the completion of their full-time couse. A Grant will NOT be made for more than one third of the purchase price of any instrument. The maximum Grant is £5,000.
Preference is given to British Nationals and the Fund is particularly interested in supporting instrument makers resident in the United Kingdom. Awards are not made in respect of electric or electronically controlled instruments. If you have settled status in the UK on 1 September 2012, meaning you are a British Citizen or have been granted leave to enter or remain in the UK for an indefinite period or you have a certificate of right of abode AND on 1 September 2012 you have been resident in the UK for a minimum of 2 years, then you are eligible to make this application.

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust Awards -Loans for instrument purchase
A limited amount of the Trust's funds is set aside to support young professional musicians wishing to purchase instruments. Such assistance is offered in the form of interest-free loans repayable over periods varying from 5 to 12 years, depending on the size of the loan advanced, and is only available to past beneficiaries of the Trust (i.e. to young artists who received funding from the Trust towards their postgraduate studies and who have completed their studies and are either working in the music profession or looking to enter the profession).
Closing date for applications: 10th February.

The Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust
The trust was founded for the benefit of young persons 'who play an instrument with the bow', for example, violin, viola, cello and double bass.  The Charity can provide help towards the purchase of an instrument.  Applicants are invited to apply at any time during the year. 

The Tom Acton Memorial Trust
Provides bursaries for young musicians in need.
The Trust requires all candidates to have been born and educated or received most of their education in Essex.  They are happy to receive applications from students at undergraduate or postgraduate level and also at Junior College level (e.g Junior Trinity).  Bursaries include assistance with such things as instrument purchase.  Applications must be received by 31st May. Auditions are held in July and winners of awards will be notified by the end of July.

The Radford Trust
Applicants must be resident in Cornwall. In the case of university and post-graduate students, residence up to the age of 18 is acceptable.  Grants are available to assist in the purchase of instruments.   Where applicants are in full time study the Trustees will want to know the extent to which parents can contribute and what other sources of financial help have been approached.  Applications can be made at any time, but the majority of the decisions are made at the annual meeting of the Trustees in September.

Australian Music Foundation (AMF)
The aim of the AMF award programme is to assist young Australian musicians of exceptional ability, financial need, and potential to pursue their music education overseas. Awards are given on the basis of merit and need, for the pursuit of specific activities. These may include purchase of musical instruments.

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