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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.

Take it away 

The scheme offers an interest-free loan for the purchase of musical instruments, equipment, software and tuition. You can buy an instrument using the loan scheme at one of the 130 music shops across England and Northern Ireland. The core scheme, which all our shops in England offer, is available to UK residents, who have a regular income that exceeds £5,000 per year and are either 18-25 years old, or over 18 and buying an instrument for a child under 18. Some participating stores also offer interest free credit up to the value of £25,000 to eligible customers over the age of 18. Speak to your local shop for further details. For full terms and conditions see the website.

Universal Music UK Sound Foundation

The Universal Music UK Sound Foundation (previously known as EMI Music Sound Foundation) provides grants up to a total of £1,500 towards the purchase of musical instruments and/or equipment for individuals who are in full time education.  Please note that they do not fund retrospectively. To be eligible to apply, you must have been resident in the UK & Eire for a minimum of three years and are either a British citizen or a national of a member state of the European Economic Area, or have been granted leave to enter or remain in the UK for an indefinite period or hold a certificate of right of abode in the UK. You are not eligible to make this application if you are present in the UK only for the purpose of education or attending a course of study. Application deadline: 11 September 2019.

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 course. 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. Awards are not made in respect of electric or electronically-controlled instruments. Applications must be sent by 21 December, 1 May or 1 September to be considered by the trustees. Find out more.

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust Awards - Instrument Purchase Loans

Open to young artists who have 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. The Trust offers assistance in the form of interest-free instrument-purchase loans repayable over periods varying from 5 to 12 years, depending on the size of the loan advanced. Closing date for applications: 10 February. Find out more.

The Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust 

The Albert Cooper Music Charitable 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. Support is provided to students up to the age of "about 30 years of age". The deadline for applications for auditions in 2020 is 30 November 2019.

The Tom Acton Memorial Trust

The Tom Acton Memorial Trust provides bursaries for young musicians in need, including for such things as assistance with instrument purchase. To be eligible to apply, you must have been born in, educated in, or be resident in Essex, and should be below the age of 25 on 31st May. You must have reached an advanced standard of musical education. Awards will be made of variable amounts according to need, with a maximum of £800, and will be presented at our concert given by the previous years Essex Young Musician in early September. Applications must be received by 31st May. Auditions will be held in July.

The Radford Trust

The Radford Charitable Trust provides grants for tuition, instrument purchase, ensemble and workshop fees as well as travel costs for attendance at college auditions or lessons. We have a stock of good student instruments which we lend free of charge for up to three years. Applications for grants and instruments can be made at any time. The majority of decisions on grant applications are made at the annual meeting of the Trustees in September. Applicants must be resident in Cornwall. In the case of university and post-graduate students, residence up to the age of 18 is acceptable. 


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