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' (in other words, the areas of activity and/or kinds of people they usually help) and their criteria for application.


Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding 

Published by GradFunding. The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject or nationality. The Alternative Guide Online contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application. Trinity Laban has purchased a licence to the Guide, and so students and staff can log in and use it for free.

If you are a prospective student who has accepted a place at Trinity Laban, please email the Student Services departmentto get an access PIN. A printed copy of the Guide is held by the Student Services department and is available on a reference basis to current Trinity Laban students.

Charity Commission

The Charity Commission keeps 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 of Student Cash Point 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.


The website of Prospects has a section on funding postgraduate study, which outlines various sources of funding.



Music - Specific


Help Musicians UK

Use the Funding Wizard on the website of Help Musicians UK to search for awards, scholarships, funding for instrument purchase and competitions.

Countess of Munster Musical Trust

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust has 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.


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