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The internet can be a quick and easy way of searching for funding.

The websites listed below have been designed to help people find appropriate sources of financial support, quickly and easily.

Online Funding Resources:

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 been offered a place at Trinity Laban, please email the Student Services department to get an access PIN.

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 website that has been designed to help people find appropriate sources of financial support, quickly and easily, based on their particular needs and circumstances. Use the Grants Search section of the website to access details of hundreds of grant-giving charities (national, regional and local) that may be able to provide financial support and other services.


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



Music-Specific Resources:

Help Musicians

Use the Funding Wizard on the website of Help Musicians 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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