SUPPORT AND FUNDING
Help Musicians UK Funding Schemes
Each year, Help Musicians UK gives grants, provides opportunities and offers advice to talented musicians in the final stages of training and the first few years of working professionally. Visit the website for details of current opportunities.
PRS for Music Foundation
The UK's leading charitable funder of new music across all genres. Visit the website for details of their range of funding programmes which are open to apply to all year round – each with its own criteria for funding and application deadlines.
Fenton Arts Trust Grants
One of the trust's objectives is to provide grants that will support or reward work or performance by individuals early in their careers. The Fenton Arts Trust Grants are available to support individual works, activities, performances, or prizes in the fields of drama, painting, sculpture, ballet, music, and poetry. An application may come from a group, company or institution, or from an individual as long as the application does not involve support of academic study.
The aim of the Foundation in the field of music is to encourage and assist exceptionally talented young instrumental soloists or chamber ensembles who are British Nationals or resident in the UK and whose talent and achievements give promise of an international career.
Arts Council England - Grants for the Arts
An Arts Council England (ACE) funding programme for arts activities that engage people in England and help artists and arts organisations to carry out their work. The programme supports a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts. It is a rolling programme with no deadlines, so you can apply at any time. Decisions on applications for £15,000 or less take six weeks. Decisions on applications of over £15,000 take 12 weeks.
- Search for potential funding sources via the funding wizard on the Help Musicians UK website
- The Arts Council England website provides information about funding bodies, databases and directories
- Learn more about finance, funding and legal issues on the Creative Choices website.
Schemes for Emerging Musicians
There are a number of schemes providing support to musicians starting out in their careers through a programme of performance and professional development opportunities. Find out more on the performance opportunities page of the Trinity Laban website.
Professional development advice
The website for the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has a professional development section offering advice to support musicians in their careers, including a series of webinars that are available to watch online. You can also access legal, tax and business advice by downloading their free easy-to-read advice packs:
- The ISM Performers Pack includes a template performance contract, tips to help you get booked for live performances and session work, guidance on claiming royalties and advice from the ISM’s marketing team on how to promote yourself effectively.
- The ISM Composers Pack contains advice, checklists and template contracts to help composers protect their rights and get a fair deal when offered a commissioning opportunity, publishing or synchronisation agreement. There is also an ISM Self-publishing Pack for composers.
- The ISM Teachers Pack includes advice for instrumental and vocal music teachers.