Trusts And Foundations: Music Specific

The Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust (violin, viola, cello and double bass)
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 provides:
- funds for tuition
- help towards the purchase of an instrument
- help towards some living expenses incurred whilst in full time education for students up to about 30 years of age.
Applicants are invited to apply at any time during the year.  They anticipate holding auditions once a year in the spring to coincide with the Easter holidays.

Australian Music Foundation (AMF)
The AMF offers scholarships to young Australian musicians, conductors and composers who wish to pursue their music education overseas. They support study in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.  Awards are usually granted each September, following two rounds of auditions.

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust
The Trustees of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust accept applications for:
1. Postgraduate Study Awards - open to instrumentalists and singers (who are looking to undertake  performance based postgraduate study) as well as to composers wishing to undertake postgraduate study.
2. Instrument Purchase Loans - open 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.
3. The Stephen Oliver Award - for a work which has been or is in the process of being written for music theatre, to assist with the cost of bringing it to performance.

The Emerging Excellence Awards (Help Musicians UK)
Grants of up to £3,000 to help musicians (including composers) and groups in the early stage of their careers - usually the first three years.  Applicants must be British or have lived in the UK for at least five consecutive years.  The awards are about helping you reach the next level in your musical development. Typical projects include coaching or mentoring, a short course, a creative residency, or collaboration with other musicians.

The Kenneth Loveland Gift 
A supplementary award towards tuition costs for young performing musicians intending to pursue advanced study in their instrument or voice, whether in the UK or abroad.  Non-British students will be required to apply the award to studies in the UK.  
Awards are made on the basis of an audition, to be held in London on Thursday 3 July 2014. The closing date for applications is Saturday 10 May 2014.

The RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship
The RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship offers up to £30,000 for a young instrumentalist to study abroad for a period of two years. Some smaller scholarships may be available at the discretion of the jury.  It is open to all classical instrumentalists of any nationality between the ages of 15 and 25, who are permanently resident in the UK.  The next closing date is 13 March 2015 (this scholarship is biennial).

The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust
Awards for Violinists, Violists and Cellists for postgraduate study
Awards of up to £3000 may be made to string players of exceptional ability who are proposing to study for a Postgraduate Qualification at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance or the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Applications should be made via the web-site.

The Chilcott Award
The Award offers funding to an emerging British Opera Singer (between the ages of 23 and 33 at the closing date) for advanced training or career development.  Possible uses might include some permutation of: tuition, coaching, audition preparation, audition tours or publicity and promotion. The Award is given every two years.

The Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust Award for Singers
The Trust awards annual grants to student opera singers on post-graduate courses at one of major UK academies.  Additionally, throughout the year, the Trust makes occasional  grants mainly to instrumental musicians who
are in full-time education or are training formerly and who write in asking for financial assistance.

Advanced Study Music Scholarships - Arts Council of Wales
The Advanced Study Music Scholarships are to support advanced (postgraduate) music study for promising musicians from Wales or who have studied in Wales. The course of advanced study should take place in a recognised university, college or conservatoire, be full-time, last not less than one academic year and start during 2014.  The Arts Council of Wales are happy to receive applications from musicians in all genres of music (singers, instrumentalists, composers and conductors). Awards up to a maximum of £5,000 will be made to the most promising musicians,  Course fees will be paid directly to the university, college of conservatoire.  The deadline for this year's applications will be 5.00pm on Friday 7 March 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.

The Tom Acton Memorial Trust
The trust supports young musicans from Essex aged 25 or under with financial help for instruments, tuition, and other expenses. The trust makes their selection based on talent, and require an application supported by a teacher's recommendation by 31st May. Sucessful applicants will then
be invited to audition in early July.

The Radford Trust
pplicants must be resident in Cornwall. In the case of university and post-graduate students, residence up to the age of 18 is acceptable. Applications should preferably be made for specific needs.  In general, grants are available to assist in the purchase of instruments and music, as a contribution towards the cost of tuition and travel, and for study courses.  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.

Eric Thompson Trust for Organists
The Trust offers grants toward further studies; hire of instruments; costs of travel and subsistence for auditions and engagements; other expenses incurred in the pursuit of an organist's career. Preference will be given to students seeking assistance towards specific projects, rather than continuing academic tuition, e.g. summer schools; special lessons in addition to normal studies; opportunities for playing on historic instruments in the context of further study; practice fees and, in certain instances, the cost of travel for auditions.  Grants will normally be limited to a contribution towards such costs.
The Trust also offers
The Flentrop Scholarship, which enables a young organist to visit Zaandam in Holland for two weeks for an introduction to the craft of organ building and tuning.

The Neil Vint Bursary for former students of Chetham's School of Music
A Bursary Fund to help young musicians as they begin their professional career. The conditions of the bursary are:
- The Bursary of £1000 is available to former students of Chetham's who are aged between 20 and 26.
- Preference will be given to students who have recently left music college or university.
- One award will be made annually, following an advertisement placed in the music press.
Written applications should be received by the Head by 1 June.  Please send applications to the Head's PA, Chetham's School of Music, Long Millgate, Manchester, M3 1SB.

The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation (Charity Commission Number: 272217)
The Foundation makes monetary awards to deserving applicants during the year who live in the UK and who are studying singing full-time at a college or conservatoire. To be considered for a grant, email any details about yourself, name and address, which will be forwarded to the Secretary of the Educational Foundation for an application form.

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Please note whilst every effort has been made to provide up-to-date information on the funding organisations listed above, we cannot guarantee that the information is correct and recommend that you consult the literature produced by the individual funding organisations for complete and up-to-date information as well as for relevant application forms.

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