Instrument Purchase Loans

Each year the Trust is able to offer a small number of interest-free loans, to former beneficiaries who are on the threshold of their careers, to help with the purchase of musical instruments. This is in recognition of the problem which faces so many young musicians who, following their years of studentship, have no capital resources to equip themselves with the quality of instrument vital to the advancement of their careers. Such assistance is offered in the form of interest-free loans repayable over periods varying from 5 to 12 years depending on the size of the loan advanced.  These loans are named “Knapton/Cavill Instrument Purchase Loans” in recognition of the legacy received by the Trust in 2011 from the Estate of Miss Barbara Knapton and Mrs Kathleen Cavill, for the purpose of supporting young professional musicians wishing to purchase instruments.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • You must have received a postgraduate study award from the Trust.
  • You must have completed (or be about to complete) your postgraduate studies and be either working as a young professional musician or looking to enter the music profession.
Application / Audition Procedure:
  • Applications will be available for online submission from 1 January 2018.
  • Please contact the Secretary +44 (0)1428 685427 or if you encounter any difficulties submitting online. 
  • The closing date for receipt of completed application forms, references &  MP3s is  10 February 2018.
  • You will not hear back from the Trust regarding auditions until early-mid April.
  • Auditions take place between April and June each year.
  • You must be prepared to audition in person in London. Please inform us on your application form if you have a disability or medical condition and require any additional help or support.
  • Awards are made to selected applicants after audition and interview.
  • Two references must be submitted by 10 February 2018 as part of your application.
  • References will be available for online submission from 1 January 2018.
  • You need to ask your Referees to go online and submit their reference before the 10 February 2018.
  • References received after the closing date are unacceptable and the application will be considered invalid.
  • Please ask your referee(s) to contact the Secretary +44 (0)1428 685427 or should they encounter any difficulties submitting online.
  • Please ensure your chosen referees are able to comment knowledgeably on the following:

 The above applicant has approached the Trust for financial assistance towards the cost of buying a new instrument. As a nominated referee, I should be grateful if you would write in support of this application, giving particular attention to the applicant’s future career prospects and dependability. If an instrument has been chosen with which you are familiar, your comments on its suitability and price would also be helpful.

MP3 Information:

To accompany your application form, please upload two MP3s:

  • Contrasting in period, style and tempo – please note that, if you are called to audition, you will not be able to perform the pieces you have submitted by MP3
  • Recorded within the last 3 months
  • Not exceeding 5MB in size each
  • Please include your name in the track title e.g. Joe_Bloggs_Track1.mp3
  • Do not submit two movements from the same work, or two pieces by the same composer.
  • It is better to submit a shorter piece/extract of higher recording quality than a longer piece at a lower quality.
Recording Information:
  • A poor quality recording WILL disadvantage your application.
  • Recordings should be submitted in MP3 format only – other  formats will not be considered, and your application will be rejected.
  • Recordings should not be  edited  –  please submit a one-off performance.
  • Please ensure that the file is not ‘protected’ and ensure that the recording level, and where appropriate the balance (e.g. between instrument & accompaniment) is suitable.
  • The music should begin immediately at the start of the MP3. Please do not include long introductions by accompanying instruments or introduce yourself or the piece.
  • Live performances should have applause cut.  Please note: for this purpose a live recording is not regarded as intrinsically better than a studio recording
  • It is NOT acceptable to submit an accompanied piece WITHOUT the accompaniment – this will result in your application being rejected.
  • The recording submitted is assessed as a musical whole and so applicants are advised not to include recordings in which the performance standard of any accompanying instrumental part/s is significantly lower than that of the applicant.
  • All MP3s will be deleted from our server once the audition selection process has been completed.

Instrument Purchase Loan Application Form