The internet can be a quick and easy way of searching. This is especially true in the case of the Charity Commission's website (use the 'search using keywords' facility), which provides an outline of all charities registered in the UK, listing their 'objects' (i.e. the areas of activity and/or kinds of people they usually help) and their criteria for application.
The Charity Commission keep the online Register of Charities, which provides information about each of the thousands of registered charities in England and Wales. You can use this to search for charities that support individuals, by putting in a relevant keyword in the search field (you could try 'music education' or 'dance education' or try the name of the place where you grew up/went to school in order to find charities that support people from a particular geographical area).
Turn2us is a free, accessible website that has been designed to help people find appropriate sources of financial support, quickly and easily, based on their particular needs and circumstances. The site includes a Grants Search section containing the details of hundreds of grant-giving charities (national, regional and local) that may be able to provide financial support and other services. Within the 'Grants Search' section, choose the 'Advanced Search' option and complete the relevant search criteria. When going through the various search criteria, in the 'help required' section, click on 'bursaries/scholarships' which comes under 'direct educational costs'.
Student Cash Point
The website features a fully searchable and comprehensive database of student funding. All the information on the website is free to access; all users need to do is register their email address online.
Graduate Careers Website: Prospects
Outlines the various sources of funding for postgraduate study.
Help Musicians UK - Funding Wizard (formerly The Musicians Benevolent Fund)
Use the Funding Wizard to search for awards, scholarships, funding for instrument purchase and competitions.
The Countess of Munster Musical Trust - Guide to Funding
A comprehensive funding guide to various musical trusts and foundations, including a section specifically about instrument purchase and loan schemes, as well as details of competitions.
EMI Music Sound Foundation
The EMI Music Sound Foundation provides Instrument and/or Equipment awards which allow individuals in full-time education to apply for assistance with the purchase of musical instruments and/or equipment. For details of other sources of funding for either instrument purchase, or for assistance with fees and/or living expenses for study, see the spreadsheet 'Other charities that can help' on their resources page.
- Funding directories
- Trusts and foundations
- Other funding opportunities
- Funding for international students
- Funding for students with disabilities
- Musical Instrument funding
- Funding application advice