General Music

 Students should consult websites and  literature produced by the individual funding organisations for complete and up-to-date information & for relevant application forms.

The trust supports young musicans from Essex (born, educated or resident) aged 25 or under with financial help for course fees, instrument purchase, tuition, travel expenses, etc.  You must have reached an advanced standard of musical education and will need to provide an independent reference from your instrumental teacher to support your application. Awards will be made of variable amounts according to need, up to a maximum of £750.  There will also be a concert opportunity for award winners at one of the Trust’s concerts.
Contact: Judy Acton, Hamilton House, Cobblers Green, Felstead, Gt Dunmow, Essex, CM6 3LX

Competition for young professional musicians and music students.The competition is intended for music students and young professional musicians with the idea of creating a functioning network between students from UK and Czech and Slovak Republics. Entry fee.
Details: The Administrator, 23 Stonefield Street, London, N1 0HW
Tel: 020 7278 8459      Email:

Details of information available in different regions in England

Details of information available in Northern Ireland

Advanced Study Music Scholarships: funded by the Arts Council of Wales to support advanced (postgraduate) music study for promising musicians from Wales or who have studied in Wales. Applicants must live in Wales and have completed an undergraduate course of study. The course of advanced study should take place in a recognised university, college or conservatoire, be full-time and last not less than one academic year. Awards up to £5,000. Auditions held in Cardiff.  Deadline for application generally in February.
Guidelines (Welsh and English) available at

Lawrence Atwell’s Charity offers help to young people who would struggle to get training without some additional financial support. Help is offered towards:
– vocational training – below the level of a first undergraduate degree
– ‘first step’ qualifications – that help people become qualified to work.
Applications are accepted from individuals who are:
– Aged between 16 and 26 inclusive and come from a household where their parents’ total annual income is less than £26,000 net and has been for some time
– UK citizens, refugees or asylum seekers, or have lived in the UK for 3 years before the start of the course.
The charity would encourage applications in particular from people who:
– Have few or no qualifications after leaving secondary school
– Have limited or no support from their families
– Have a disability (physical or mental health issues)
– Are lone parents
– Have fled persecution in their home countries or
– Are ex offenders or at risk of offending.
To apply, complete a pre-questionnaire form, which is available from the website.

The AMF is a charitable organisation established in 1980 which aims to promote and celebrate Australian musical life by offering scholarships to young musicians who wish to pursue their post-graduate studies overseas, as well as performing opportunities, mentoring and career advice.  Studying abroad is crucially important for talented young Australians. Over the past 40 years, the AMF has supported the studies of over 150 young musicians in some of the finest cultural and educational centres in the UK, Europe and North America, many of whom have either gone on to celebrated international careers or returned to Australia to become highly-regarded orchestral musicians and teachers.
Application forms and further information available from:

The Centre is a professional arts centre in Alberta, Canada. It is committed to the advanced training of artists in all disciplines, and to supporting the creative process in all its forms. Scholarships are available for UK musicians for study at The Banff Centre, contributing towards fees. UK musicians and singers may also qualify for the English Speaking Union Yehudi Menuhin Scholarship for study at The Banff Centre. Details may be obtained from Director of Branches and Cultural Affairs, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, Berkeley Square, London W1X 8AB.
Contact: Registrar’s Office, Box 1020, Station 28, 107 Tunnell Mountain Drive, Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1H5

Every year, the Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Centre awards substantial scholarships to high-level young musicians studying in France and rigorously selected in their respective disciplines – interpretation, composition and musicology – by a jury appointed for that occasion. Candidates must be 20 years old minimum and 32 years old maximum by the deadline and must pursue their studies in France.
Apply: Alexandra Laederich, General Delegate, Centre international Nadia et Lili Boulanger, 25, avenue des Gobelins, 75013 Paris, France
Tel/Fax: +33 (0)1 45 35 09 43  Email:

Bridging the gap between conservatoires and professional life, the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme offers unique development and performance opportunities in the inspiring setting of the east coast of England. By forming an integral part of the international Aldeburgh Festival and a year-round programme of concerts and events, the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme has launched many international artists’ careers. Masterclasses and intense coaching for singers, ensembles, instrumentalists and composers are held from March until October, each culminating in public performances. There are also opportunities for emerging young professional musicians to work with leading conductors, soloists and orchestral principals in both the Britten–Pears Orchestra and the Britten–Pears Baroque Ensemble. Please see website for further details.
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The Bromsgrove International Young Musicians’ Competition is an international competition with previous winners and finalists from countries all over the globe. Many of them have been able to use The Bromsgrove as a stepping stone to becoming truly professional musicians who enjoy both national and international recognition and success. The winner is not only awarded a monetary prize but also opportunities to give further recitals.  First Prize – £5,000 plus opportunities to perform at the Three Choirs Festival; at Bromsgrove Concerts and at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Second Prize – £3,000, Third Prize – £1,500, Fourth Prize – £500, Sir John Manduell Prize £1,000, Accompanists/Collaborative Pianist Prize £500.
Bromsgrove Young Musicians Competition, c/o MRG Solicitors, 1 High Street, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 8AJ
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Grants and scholarships available to Scottish postgraduate students, tenable for 1 year but may be renewed for up to 2 further years. Applications for awards are invited from eligible candidates (“must be of Scottish nationality, i.e. either (a) having been born in Scotland or (b) if not born in Scotland having at least one parent or grandparent who was born in Scotland”).
Details: Mr N Barclay, Secretary to the Trust, Thorntons Law LLP, Whitehall House, 33 Yeaman Shore, Dundee DD1 4BJ
Tel: 01382 229111   Email:  Website:

CMF’s mission is to turn exceptional musical talent into professional success by equipping outstanding musicians with the tools, skills, experience and networks they need to build and sustain rewarding and profitable careers.  The CMF Artist Programme lasts for approximately two years. The programme consists of: Senior business people as personal mentors through collaborations with City firms; Artistic mentoring with established, acclaimed international players; A series of tailored professional development workshops and seminars drawing on an extensive network of contacts in the music industry and in City institutions and commerce. Subjects include tax and financial management, networking, presentation skills, contracts and legal issues, agents, PR, using social media, pitching to venues and festivals, programming and many more; Essential promotional tools such as a new website designed and tailored to the artist’s requirements, high quality recording and a CD, and high quality photos, film and videos; Day to day access to the Artist Manager who works like an agent to secure as many live concert bookings as possible; Help and support curating performances, which may include new commissions – musical, visual arts, poetry – to help CMF Artists develop their USP. The CMF Artist Programme opens for applications  in April.  Applications will be considered from soloists or ensembles with up to five members, and the genre may be classical, jazz or world music.  All applicants must have completed full-time education, but not be signed with an agent or manager.  For further details visit the CMF website

Biennial competition for young musicians giving the winners an opportunity to play a concerto movement with a full symphonic orchestra. Administered by the Guildford Symphony Orchestra.
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CORO NUOVO is an exciting new choir made up of the very best singers from Mid Sussex and surrounding area many of whom are professional musicians. The choir aims to explore a wide repertoire of music from Renaissance to Contemporary and is designed to be challenging, to help singers learn and develop.  In 2018 Coro Nuovo started a Coro Nuovo Youth Choir for young people aged between 9 and 15.  Our outreach programme is to support young Sussex musicians choral or instrumental who are studying music and who are at the beginning of their professional career. We offer an annual bursary worth £1,000 to aid their learning and development and also offer a platform to perform with us at concerts. The finals of this competition take place at our Summer concert.  Please see the website for more details:  Tel: 01444 717320 or Email:

Annual awards towards the cost of postgraduate study in UK and abroad. Open to classical and jazz music students for postgraduate performance based courses – instrumentalists, singers and composers. From 2020, the Munster Trust will also invite applications from exceptional jazz students about to enter their final year of undergraduate study.
Also interest-free instrument purchase loans for those on the brink of platform careers (past award holders only). Closing date 10 Feb. No entry fee.
Apply: Mrs. Deborah Bacon, Trust Secretary, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Wormley Hill, Godalming, Surrey GU8 5SG.
Tel: 01428 685427
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The Craxton Memorial Trust was established in 1971 in memory of the eminent pianist and teacher Harold Craxton, for the purpose of helping and encouraging young, talented musicians who require financial assistance. It also commemorates his wife Essie and his daughter Janet Craxton, the distinguished oboist who was, like Harold, a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music. Awards of between £400 – £800 are made every two years following an audition and interview. Assistance includes helping fund post-graduate studies, private lessons, fees or travel expenses to attend competitions and courses to other special projects such as the costs of concert publicity or a demo CD. Applications are invited from highly talented musicians who are completing their studies, embarking on their professional career or have a special project in mind and who are in need of financial assistance. There is no restriction on nationality but applicants should have been resident in the UK for a year prior to applying. Awards are currently made to pianists and instrumentalists, excluding the players of organ, harpsichord and percussion. The age limit is 25 years at the closing date for applications.
Details: Jane Craxton, Secretary, 15 Cambridge Road, North Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1BQ

The Cross Trust is a charitable body which gives grants to young Scots who are of merit and in financial need in order, in the words of the Trust’s founder Sir Alexander Cross (1880-1963), “to extend the boundaries of their knowledge of human life.” Open to graduates/undergraduates of Scottish birth or parentage.
Details: The Secretaries of The Cross Trust, McCash & Hunter LLP, Solicitors, 25 South Methven Street, Perth PH1 5PE.
Tel: 01738 620451  Email:  Website:

First Prize of £1,000 of engagements: including concerto performances with the Croydon Symphony Orchestra, Guildford Symphony Orchestra and Epsom Symphony Orchestra.
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The Fund was set up to perpetuate the memory of one of Wales’ most versatile entertainers by encouraging young Welsh talent.  Annual awards are made to Welsh performers in music and drama under the age of 30 who wish to continue their studies following their formal training.
Details: Blod Jones, Secretary, Rhos Helyg, Rhydyfelin, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 4QD.  Email:

Funding for musicians of all ages in England.
Apply: Mr. Richard Robinson, 22 Vicarage Drive, London SW14 8RX.  Tel: 0208 2740744

The Drake Calleja Trust awards scholarships to classical instrumentalists and singers studying in the UK.  Age 18 and above, with no upper age limit. There is no restriction on nationality. Awards range from £1,500 to £9,000 for the whole academic year and are based on the individual’s financial needs, talent and potential.  As well as financial support we offer concert opportunities.
Applications open in January, with auditions in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff in May.
Website: email:

Junior Awards:  Age 16-18.  Awards range from £500 – £1,500 for the whole academic year and are based on the individual’s financial needs, talent and potential.  Applications open in January, with auditions in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff in May.
Website: email:

Awards to blind or partially sighted musicians for musical study, projects and events for the benefit of local, national and international communities.
The Elizabeth Eagle-Bott Memorial Fund, in Phase Three running from 2015 to 2020, grants three types of awards A, B and C.
A. Major awards for individuals, of up to £10,000 per bid, to blind or partially sighted, UK citizens, aged 18 and over, to support their music making. These are awarded annually.
B. Major awards, of up to £15,000 per bid, for those working on behalf of the music making of blind or partially sighted, UK musicians. These are awarded annually.
C. Minor awards for individuals, of up to £500 per bid, to blind or partially sighted, UK citizens, aged 18 and over, to support their music making. These are awarded quarterly.
During phase three, from 2015 to 2020, any one person may receive up to two major and two minor awards (A and C) and any one group or person may receive up to three major awards (B). Awards A and B run from 1 June to 31 July thirteen months on, in the year awarded.
Contact: Music Advisory Service  Address: 105 Judd Street, London, WC1H 9NE
Telephone: 020 7388 1266           Email:

The competition was established in 1988 as a result of the 11th Duke of Devonshire’s financial generosity towards the Orchestra and gives the winner the opportunity of performing a concerto with the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra. The competition is open to competitors aged 23 and under on 31 December and will carry a first prize of £800. Entry fee. Applications in November.
Details: Brian Knights, Awards Administrator, 7 Prideaux Road, Eastbourne, BN21 2NW.     Tel: 01323 724763 (+ s.a.e.)
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Music Scholarships are offered to music students of outstanding ability to study at international summer schools: Tanglewood Music Centre, Massachusetts, USA; Yale Summer School of Music in Norfolk, Connecticut, USA; The Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada; Academie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel, St Jean de Luz, France; Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto, Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy, and International Musicians Seminar: Prussia Cove, Cornwall, England. The ESU welcomes applications from musicians that meet the following criteria: Aged 18-30; Current student, or recent graduate (two years maximum since graduation) of a conservatory or university music department in the UK; Ravel only: working knowledge of French.
Details: Emma Coffey, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London, W1J 5ED  Tel: 020 7529 1590
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The competition, organised by Ongar Music Club, is open to instrumentalists and singers aged under 26 (for 2021 only) who were born, educated, or are currently residing in Essex (including the old Essex towns of Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford). John Lill CBE, the distinguished Essex-born pianist and president of the club, has generously agreed to awards in his name being presented to the finalists in this annual competition.
The winner will receive £1,000 and the offer of a recital engagement. Additional generous cash prizes will be awarded to the finalists, and two further prizes for those under 19 who are not already prize winners in 2021.  Please visit the website for full details: or email:

The Finzi Scholarships seek to recognise and perpetuate the philosophical, creative and enabling breadth of vision of the English composer Gerald Finzi (1901-56) and his wife, the artist and poet Joy (1907-91), who throughout their lives provided unstinting support and encouragement to artists, writers and musicians of all ages and levels of accomplishment. The Scholarships aim to give opportunities for broadening horizons or taking a new path: their focus is arts based in the widest sense, but proposals must have a musical foundation.  The Trust anticipates awarding grants for projects within the UK or overseas lasting, on average, between 3 and 8 weeks. Candidates should be aged between 18 and 80 and resident in the UK at the time of application.
Please visit website for full details

Postgraduate Student Awards – Awards to UK citizens wishing to study in USA at postgraduate level, who hold at least 2:i Hons. degree (or equivalent) from a British University.

Six Young Concert Artists are chosen annually by audition and publicised to the network of over 3,000 member groups, in the Selected Artists guide, through which they may be offered professional engagements at a fixed fee. Candidates must be EU citizens, UK residents and available for engagements in the UK. The age range for all applicants is 21 to 27 on or before 1 April.

The Hattori Foundation is a charitable trust offering awards to exceptionally talented young instrumental soloists or chamber ensembles whose talent and achievements give promise of an international career.  The Foundation also curates a series of recitals from the intimate 1901 Arts Club on London’s South Bank featuring current award winners alongside our esteemed alumni.
Senior Awards:  21 – 27 years of age, Instrumental soloists who demonstrate exceptional talent and are of post-graduate standard, Chamber ensembles with an average age no greater than 27 who have worked together for a minimum of 12 months, All applicants must be British citizens, Foreign Nationals normally resident in the UK or Foreign Nationals who are studying full-time in the UK.  Can apply for
(a) intensive private study in the UK or abroad;
(b) masterclasses;
(c) a living allowance and travel expenses in connection with a post-graduate course (course fees are not funded);
(d) a living allowance in the UK to reduce the need for work unrelated to performance;
(e) financial assistance (sponsorship) in connection with concert performance;
(f) travelling expenses in order to enter international competitions.

Junior Awards: 5 – 20 years of age,  Instrumental soloists who demonstrate both exceptional talent and achievement, All applicants must be British citizens, Foreign Nationals normally resident in the UK or Foreign Nationals who are studying full-time in the UK.  Can apply at any time of the year: for financial assistance towards travelling expenses to attend national or international competitions, master classes within the UK or abroad and specific assistance in the case of hardship.
NB: Awards do not cover instrument purchase or post-graduate course fees.
Details: The Administrator, 7 Exton Street, London SE1 8UE
Telephone 020 7620 3053
Email:   Website:

Postgraduate Awards – Grants towards the cost of postgraduate study at conservatoires and performing colleges – covering classical music performance, opera, jazz and musical theatre. These awards were previously run on a nomination basis but from January 2019 there is an open and direct application process.  Please see the Help Musicians website for full details of the application process:
Peter Whittingham Jazz Award – The £5,000 award can be given to a jazz musician or group towards a creative project. The award was set up by Peter Whittingham’s family in his memory in 1989 to promote the composition and performance of quality popular music. An expert in survival medicine, Peter Whittingham was also a pianist who enjoyed the music of Gershwin, Porter, Sondheim, Bernstein, Shearing and Peterson. After his death in 1987 his family set up this award in his memory. Website:
MOBO Help Musicians Fund – MOBO and Help Musicians UK are thrilled to be working together to offer grants of up to £2,000 to support exceptionally talented artists with their career ambitions. From vocal coaching to support for touring or video production, the MOBO Help Musicians Fund can be used to support opportunities which will have a significant impact on your creativity and career. Website:
Transmission Fund – this is designed to help you build your career by providing grants of £500 – £1500 to fund opportunities allowing you to focus on developing your artistic and professional development at a crucial point in your career. We can support opportunities such as short courses, workshops, training and time limited periods of coaching with an expert in your field both in the UK or internationally: see
Do It Differently Fund – this is designed to help independent, entrepreneurial music creators build their career by providing grants of £500 – £3,000 to fund professional development opportunities and creative projects at a crucial point in their career. We can support opportunities relating to Recording & Releasing and Touring & Live Development including PR & marketing costs, time to create and access to creative spaces.  Successful applicants will be able to access a suite of wellbeing and development services worth up to £2,000. See
Fusion Fund – this offers £2,000 – £5,000 for professional musicians to undertake UK-based projects that develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions through inspiring periods of collaborative research and development. See

For further information please contact Help Musicians UK on at 7-11 Britannia Street, London, WC1X 9JS. Tel 020 7239 9100
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LDSM has bursaries available to ensure payment of full fees is not a barrier to students who wish to participate in the International Summer Music Academy.
Contact: Stricklandgate House, 92 Stricklandgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4PU.   Tel: 01539 742620

The Trustees support projects that promote excellence in professional performance in music, dance and theatre, with particular emphasis on new works.  They will consider supporting Master Classes and performances at Festivals. The Trustees do not make grants to individuals (except to overseas PhD students). The Trust does not have an application form (except for overseas PhD students) and applications may be made by post, or by email to
Contact: Rosemary Ewles, Grants Director, The Leche Trust, 105 Greenway Avenue, London E17 3QL
Tel: +44 (0)20 3233 0023 Email:   Website:

LMN selects and invests in the best musicians in all genres of music, offering them a range of unique performance experiences which shape their future career. There are around 350 musicians on the scheme at any one time. LMN auditions annually across the UK and musicians stay on the scheme for between 4-6 years. Musicians joining LMN have generally finished their advanced musical training and are beginning to establish themselves as professional performers. They are usually between the ages of 20 and 30 and looking to expand and develop their musical and outreach skills.  Audition fee.
Contact: Gillian Green, Auditions Director   Tel: 02920 554298
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This competition is open to all ages and nationalities. There are three main categories: piano, string instruments and wind instruments. There are different age categories and there is also an ensemble section (ensemble must include a piano).
Contact: Dr M Schreider   Address: 78 Warwick Avenue, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 8UJ Telephone: 020 8958 5206
Email:  Website:

Making Music presents a number of awards, bursaries and opportunities to professional musicians. Some of these, such as the Award for Young Concert Artists, St Martin’s Chamber Music competition and Selected Artists brochure help promote a wide range of young, award winning artists to our 3000+ member groups. Others, like the Adopt a Composer scheme, aim to build experience and learning between amateur music groups and professional composers.
For details please see website:

The Manchester Mid-day Concerts Series at The Bridgewater Hall is one of the largest lunchtime concert series in the UK. The Society programmes approximately 20 concerts a season featuring exceptional emerging musicians (selected following audition) alongside specially invited renowned artists. If you are an emerging instrumentalist or vocalist – either a soloist, or a member of a duo or other small or large ensemble – and you would like to be considered for inclusion in this prestigious and long-running concert series, then you are encouraged to apply.

MARTLETS MUSIC is a charity which aims to enable young people to progress and develop their musical talents.  We do this by working in partnership with a range of organisations across East Sussex to offer joint events such as summer schools and Big Sing, and by offering bursary support through a series of  schemes including travel and instrument bursaries. Website:

This competition is open to classical and jazz musicians of any age who are working above music grade 8 standard. There is one prize of £3,000 and one of £1,000.
Contact: Award Chairman, Holly Grove, Holly Lane, Pilley, Lymington, Hants SO41 5QY Tel: 01590 672456
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The Trust supports young musicians at the start of their careers with particular projects such as attending masterclasses, travelling to auditions, making initiaL recordings, commissioning new works etc. The Trust also supports organisations such as IMS Prussia Cove, English National Opera, British Youth Opera etc. who have a particular focus on working with young artists. Website: Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust

The Trust was established under the Will of Mrs Geraldine Elsie Downes on her death in December 1969. Mrs Downes named the Trust in memory of her father E Phillips Oppenheim, the author, and her son, John Downes. Each year the Trustees distribute the income of the Trust in the form of awards which may be made to deserving artists of any kind, whether writers, painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers, actors, craftsmen or artists of any comparable nature or description who are unable effectively to pursue their vocation by reason of their financial difficulties. As a general guide the maximum award would be £1,000 but, in exceptional circumstances, the Trustees may consider making a larger award.

Contact: Hamish Frost, Trust Manager, 25 Melrosegate, York YO31 0RL
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The Parkhouse Award is for chamber ensembles of piano and strings. It is awarded biennially for ensembles of young musicians who have been performing together for at least two years. The award made to the winning ensemble is three concerts over two years in prestigious London halls, plus further opportunities.
Contact: Gwenneth Bransby-Zachary, GBZ Management, PO Box 11845, London SE21 8ZS Tel: +44 (0) 20 8761 6565
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A series of concerts is given in the Purcell Room, London during the first or second week in January each year. Gifted young artists are presented in programmes which are made up from a wide range of contemporary and 20th century music. A number of commissions and other new works are usually included. Some of the performing artists will be considered for PLG concerts in London and in major festivals in subsequent seasons. The closing date is January and auditions are held in February. Applicants must be under the age of 29.
Contact: Park Lane Group, 122-124 Temple Chambers, 3-7 Temple Avenue, London EC4Y 0DA  Tel: 020 7255 1025
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The Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, administered by the Philharmonia Orchestra, has given invaluable support to countless young musicians since 1968. Its anonymous founder and benefactor provided enough money to enable exceptionally talented students to bridge the difficult gap between full-time study and professional status.
Many Martin Musical Scholarship Fund award winners have gone on to extremely successful orchestral or solo careers. Alumni include Benjamin Baker, Alison Balsom, Natalie Clein, Michael Collins, Alina Ibragimova, Steven Isserlis, Freddy Kempf, Tasmin Little, Jennifer Pike, Laurence Power, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Wu Qian. Philharmonia Orchestra players have also been beneficiaries such as current members Byron Fulcher and Mark van de Wiel.
With the support of its donors and after an extensive review, the Philharmonia Orchestra has re-designed the scheme to form the Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme. This is a more enhanced offer for young musicians, supporting those instrumentalists who are specifically seeking an orchestral career and connecting them to the wider life of the Philharmonia and the expertise within its membership.

The competition offers more than £60,000 in awards with a £10,000 first prize for solo performers and two chamber ensemble awards of £10,000. The winners of the Wind & Percussion, Singers, Strings, and Keyboard solo sections and the accompanist prize receive £5,000 each. The age limit for all competitors is 30. The solo awards are open to UK and Commonwealth citizens, and at least half, or the majority, of ensemble members must also be UK or Commonwealth citizens. The deadline for applications is January.
Tel: 020 7408 0214 x 219 Email:  Website:

The RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship offers up to £30,000 for a young instrumentalist to study abroad for a period of two years. Some smaller scholarships may be available at the discretion of the jury. Open to all classical instrumentalists of any nationality between the ages of 15 and 25, who are permanently resident in the UK. Biennial. Entry fee. Closing date March.
Contact: Royal Philharmonic Society, 48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7287 0019 Website:

Established to promote musical education within a 60 mile radius of Liverpool Town Hall.   Funds available are modest, and grants do not normally exceed £500 for individuals or £1,000 for organisations. Awards are not usually repeated for a second or further year. Any donations received will be used to fund extra grants.
Tel: 0151 227 5177  Email:  Website:

The Tait Memorial Trust has raised more than £500,000 to help support young Australian musicians and dancers who need financial assistance while they are studying in the U.K.  Open to Australian citizens or domiciled in Australia and under the age of 35 and who plan to study in the United Kingdom.

The Tillett Trust offers financial assistance to young professional musicians of proven outstanding talent who need help in undertaking special projects at the start of their solo performing careers. Funds are not normally available for academic courses, either undergraduate or postgraduate, and the Trust does not make loans for the purchase of musical instruments, fund the commissioning of new works or support commercial recordings.
For some thirty years, The Tillett Trust has also actively supported young musicians on the point of leaving full-time education and entering a full-time performing career by promoting them in a major central London Concert Hall.  In addition the Trust has offered subsidies to support their appearance in regional platforms at Festivals and Music Clubs around the UK. Formerly known as the Young Artists’ Platform, TILLETT DEBUT provides concert opportunities which are vital to young artists wishing to build up their performance experience in the musical world.
Details: Katie Avey, The Administrator, The Tillett Trust, PO Box 771, Kenton, Exeter, EX6 8XA  Tel: 0845 070 4969
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The Competition is held every two years to help and encourage advanced students and young professional musicians on the threshold of their careers. To this end cash prizes are awarded together with performance opportunities. Application fee.
Contact: PO Box 10, Tunbridge Wells North, Kent, TN2 5ZQ
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Further and Higher education students, including mature students and postgraduates, who are studying music and singing and live in London or the South East of England.
One-off grants ranging from £500 to £1,000. To help with fees and maintenance/living expenses.
Contact: Nicholas Smith, 40 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4UD

Eligible candidates may borrow up to £10,000 interest free for 9 years in order to assist with the cost of post-graduate courses anywhere in the world.  Must be over 18 and under 45 years of age, and resident in Leicestershire or Rutland for the last three years.
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Prizes, scholarships and financial support are awarded to young professionals through auditions, competitions and interviews. This includes support for concerts, further training and financial aid for study and commissions. Please see website for details of all awards.
Contact:  The Clerk, The Worshipful Company of Musicians, 1 Speed Highwalk, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DX Tel: 020 7496 8980

Hoping mostly to benefit those between 10 and 18. Usual disbursements include payment for instrumental lessons, assistance with choir/orchestra tour fees, music colleges etc. Scales of assistance vary according to circumstances and requirement. To date distributions have ranged between £100 and £800. Grants can be made either as “one offs” or reviewable annually for a specified period of time. Three grants are normally the maximum.
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The YMFE-Scholarship Competition is open to full-time music students of any nationality not older than 25 years at the time of the application. Each Scholarship has a value of 1.000,00 EUR to 2.000,00 EUR, depending on the country where the applicant is studying. The Scholarship covers one year and the money may be used for any purpose related to the advancement of studies. Applicants will be selected according to their current musical ability and their demonstrated future potential. Rotating disciplines.

This is a great site listing lots of competitions throughout the world, and offering you the ability to search by discipline, country and month of year.

The Young Classical Artist Trust was set up in 1984 to identify and promote outstanding young soloists and chamber musicians emerging into the profession. YCAT artists receive a complete management service plus YCAT provides a number of high profile annual presentation concerts at venues including Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. YCAT holds annual auditions to identify exciting new talent who could benefit from the charity’s work. This rigorous selection procedure culminates in a Public Final at Wigmore Hall. Musicians must be based in the United Kingdom and be have completed (or be in the process of completing) a recognised course of study for their instrument/voice. If your nationality is from outside the European Union, you must have the correct visa to be able to perform regularly in the UK without the need for individual work permits. This does not currently include Tier 4 student visas. The age limit for instrumentalists is 28 and for singers 30. Chamber ensembles must have an average age of 28 or under.
Contact: Young Classical Artists Trust, Somerset House, West Wing, Strand, London WC2R 1LA  Tel: +44 (0)20 7379 8477
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OTHER USEFUL WEB SITES – includes a guide to bursaries and scholarships – a student guide to studying in the USA –  excellent site where you can search for competitions by instrument/month/country etc. – certain students may be eligible for benefit payments – information on career development loans, usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying -Information on student finance – part of the Directory for Social Change, this website holds extensive information on funding –  Help Musicians’ online funding wizard is very helpful for searching for funding – provides details of the publication The Grants Register – The Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding Worldwide, Palgrave Macmillan Reference Ltd. – access to a free downloadable guide to Music Education – searchable database for undergraduate and postgraduate students – a student financial guide to studying in Spain – UCAS (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service) holds information on funding on its website




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