Frequently Asked Questions

Please check below for our list of frequently asked questions. If you have checked through the list and still need an answer please contact us.


General

With the uncertainty of Covid-19, is the Trust still planning to provide financial help to postgraduate students in 2021?

Yes,  we are still planning to go ahead with our awards for 2021.  The application process will be open, as usual, on 1st January 2021.

In 2020, it was necessary to cancel all live auditions for the Munster Trust Study Awards.  We are keeping all Government advice and restrictions relating to COVID-19 under review and, whilst we have set aside provisional dates for live auditions in London, we are conscious that there is a strong possibility that these auditions will not be feasible.   If that is the case, candidates will be assessed on the basis of their application forms, recordings and references, and so candidates are advised to ensure that their applications and recordings submitted to the Trust are as strong as they can be.  We have produced a guide with tips to help you produce a suitable recording whatever your circumstances. Please check back nearer the application opening date (1st January 2021) for further information. 

UPDATE: March 2021: the Trustees have decided that, in view of the continuing uncertainty about the lifting of restrictions relating to COVID-19, it will NOT be possible to hold live auditions in 2021. If you have made an application for a Munster Trust Study Award this year, we will be in touch with you shortly about our current selection process.

What will you do with my personal information?

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information.  Our Privacy Notice tells you what you can expect us to do with your personal information when you make contact with us.

What type of awards do you offer?

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust was established in 1958 by Lady Munster to help young musicians achieve their full potential towards securing careers as performers.  To this end the Trustees are happy to accept applications for:

1.  Study Awards

Open to instrumentalists and singers (who are looking to undertake performance-based classical or jazz music postgraduate study) as well as to composers wishing to undertake postgraduate study. Applications are now also welcomed from exceptional jazz students about to enter their final year of undergraduate study.  This extension applies to jazz musicians only, from 2020.

2. Instrument Purchase Loans

Open to young artists who received funding from the Trust towards their studies and who have completed their studies and are either working in the music profession or looking to enter the profession.

3. The Stephen Oliver Award

The award is made biennially for a work which has been or is in the process of being written for music theatre, to assist with the cost of bringing it to performance.

Is there an age limit for applications?

No, there is no age limit for applications.  However, the Trust offers support towards postgraduate study only (and final year undergraduate study in the case of jazz musicians) and will not consider applications that the Trustees deem to be for professional development only.

Do you have to be British to apply?

No, but you must fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

The current policy of the Trust is to consider candidates (instrumentalists, singers & composers) for study awards who satisfy the following residency criteria:

    1. The applicant has either been resident in the UK for over ten years since birth or alternatively has successfully completed (by the end of the current academic year) at least three academic years of full-time study in a UK higher education institution (University / Music Conservatoire); and
    2. the applicant can prove that, based on the laws and regulations in force at the closing date for applications (10 February) and his/her personal circumstances, he/she automatically has permission to continue to reside and work in the UK following completion of higher education. In view of the transitional nature this year of the UK’s relationship with the European Union, the Trustees would like to clarify that, provided that long-term residents of EEA countries are able to show three academic years of full-time study in a UK higher education institution (see 1. above), they will this year be accepted as eligible to apply. If you are a student from the EEA and are unsure as to whether you are eligible to apply, please contact the Trust Secretary on 01428 685427 or admin@munstertrust.org.uk

Commonwealth Candidates:
Reflecting the Trust’s 50 year record of supporting outstanding candidates from the Commonwealth, an exception will be made to requirements 1 and 2 in the case of applicants who are long-term residents of Commonwealth countries. These candidates’ applications should be for study in the UK only.

I have been working for some years, but would like to go back into full time education. Can I apply for an award?

The Trustees do not support study plans which they perceive to be for the purposes of professional development only.  However, if there are specific reasons why you have had a gap in your education, please make this clear on your application form.

I am working towards a doctorate on an MPhil or PhD course. Can I apply for an award?

No. The Trustees suggest that you apply to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for support (www.ahrc.ac.uk). You may also find other suitable funding bodies in our Funding Guide.

Can I apply for funding to support an MA in Musicology?

No, we only provide funding for performance-based courses only and not academic-based courses.  Please see our funding guide which may provide alternative contacts for funding https://www.munstertrust.org.uk/funding-guide

I am undertaking a BMus course. Can I apply for an award?

You cannot apply for funding for an undergraduate course (unless you are a jazz musician – see below), although you can apply whilst an undergraduate for a postgraduate course the following academic year. Please refer to our funding guide (Junior Section) for possible sources of funding.

From 2020, the Munster Trust will continue to provide support for postgraduate jazz and classical music performance studies but, in addition, invites applications from exceptional jazz students about to enter their final year of undergraduate study.  The extension applies to jazz musicians only.

I am looking for funding as a conductor/ I am looking for funding as a repetiteur. Can I apply for an award?

The Trust is no longer in a position to offer support to conductors or repetiteurs.

I am undertaking a course in Musical Theatre. Can I apply for an award?

No. The Trust does not support Musical Theatre courses. A possible source of funding information for you could be the National Council for Drama Training website: www.ncdt.co.uk.

I am undertaking a course in Traditional Music. Can I apply for an award?

No. The Trust only offers support for performance based classical music and jazz courses.

How can I be considered for the Recital Scheme?

Artists for the Recital Scheme are selected from amongst recipients of the Trust’s Study Awards.  At audition each year, the Trustees consider whether each candidate for a Study Award might be suitable for the Recital Scheme and will inform the candidate accordingly when communicating the audition result.  If you have received a Munster Trust Study Award in the past and are interested in the Recital Scheme, please contact the Trust Secretary (admin@munstertrust.org.uk).

In addition, the Trustees will consider an ensemble for the Recital Scheme but only if at least two of the members of the ensemble have previously had awards from the Munster Trust.  If you would like your ensemble to be considered for the Recital Scheme, please contact the Trust Secretary (admin@munstertrust.org.uk). Please bear in mind that decisions about ensembles joining the Recital Scheme will be made in the spring of each year.

I am looking for funding to produce a CD. Can I apply?

No. The Trust offers support towards the tuition fees and maintenance costs of performance based musical education.

My child has been offered a place at a specialist music school. Can we apply for funding on their behalf?

No. The Trust only offers financial support to music students undertaking performance based study at postgraduate level or final year undergraduate level in the case of jazz musicians.
Please refer to our Funding Guide (Junior Section) for possible funding bodies that may be able to help you. We also suggest that you ask the school in question what funding might be available.

Instrument Purchase Loan Applications

Who can apply for an Instrument Purchase Loan?

Instrument Purchase Loans are only available to past beneficiaries of the Trust i.e. you have to have been offered financial support from the Trust towards your studies in order to be eligible.

How do I apply for an Instrument Purchase Loan?

Eligibility Criteria for an Instrument Purchase Loan:

  • You must have received a study award from the Trust in the past.
  • You must have completed your education and be working as a professional musician.

Application Procedure:

    • The application form will be available for online submission from 1 January 2021.
    • The closing date for submission of completed application forms, references and video recordings is midnight on 10 February 2021.  Applications received after this date will be rejected.
    • Please contact the Trust Secretary on admin@munstertrust.org.uk if you encounter difficulties submitting online, or if you require additional help or support through the application and audition process.

Video Recording Information:

We appreciate that making a recording may be different from usual this year in view of coronavirus restrictions.  We have produced a guide which includes some tips on how to produce a recording that will be acceptable to the Trustees no matter what your circumstances, but some specific points to bear in mind are:

  • The audio quality is more important than the video quality for your recordings but follow our tips on camera position, etc. The recording must be unedited;
  • You should try to submit accompanied pieces performed with an accompaniment but this can be a “minus-one track” if you are unable to record with an accompanist.  Check the balance between your playing and the accompaniment;
  • If you are unable to produce recordings specifically for your Munster Trust application, we will accept recordings made for, for instance, college video auditions, but we do require all recordings to be uploaded to YouTube and YouTube links added to your application.  All recordings should be from within the past 6 months and please do not submit a recording/piece that you have used to support a previous application.
  • Please remember that the Trustees will not be assessing the quality of your recording but only the quality of your performance, and appreciate the challenges faced this year.

What to submit

To accompany your application form, please include YouTube links to video recordings of two pieces contrasting in period, style and tempo.  The two pieces should each be approximately five minutes long.  Two separate links are required – one for each piece.

  • Do not submit two movements from the same work, or two pieces by the same composer.
  • Jazz candidates: We welcome recordings of you playing as part of a small bank, so that the Trustees can judge your interaction with other players.  Where this is not possible, you may use backing tracks to replace the small band.  You should choose two pieces that best illustrate your interest and ability in areas of music that involve improvisation.

Referees:

  • Two references must be submitted by midnight on 10 February 2021 as part of your application.  If your references are received after that date, your application may be rejected.
  • Please ensure your chosen referees are able to write in support of your application, giving particular attention to your future career prospects and dependability.  Comments on the suitability and price of the chosen instrument (if any) would also be helpful.
  • The reference form will be available for online submission from 1 January 2021.
  • You need to ask your referees to use this link Purchase Loan Reference or to go online to our homepage and follow the link entitled “Submit References? Instrument Purchase Loan Reference” from that homepage.
  • Please ask your referees to contact the Trust Secretary +44 (0)1428 685427 or admin@munstertrust.org.uk if they encounter any difficulties submitting online.

Auditions:

  • You will not hear back from the Trust regarding auditions until early-mid April.
  • We are keeping all Government advice and restrictions relating to COVID-19 under review and, whilst we have set aside provisional dates for live auditions in London, we are conscious that there is a strong possibility that these auditions will not be feasible.   If that is the case, candidates will be assessed on the basis of their application forms, recordings and references, and so candidates are advised to ensure that their applications and recordings submitted to the Trust are as strong as they can be.
  • If live auditions are possible, they will take place between April and June.  You must be prepared to audition in person in London, and the provisional audition dates for 2021 are as follows:
    Wednesday 21st April 2021 – Keyboard
    Thursday 6th May 2021 – Brass/Percussion/Woodwind
    Monday 10th May 2021 – Strings
    Wednesday 12th May 2021 – Woodwind
    Wednesday 19th May 2021 – Jazz – am
    Monday 24th May 2021 – Strings
  • If invited to audition, you will not be able to perform the pieces you have submitted with your application.

Loan offers:

  • Offers of loans are made to selected applicants after completion of the application process.  You may not hear the result of your application until early-mid June.

When are the auditions?

The Auditions generally take place between April and early June. You must be prepared to audition in person in London. It may be necessary in response to coronavirus restrictions to alter our usual audition process.  All changes will be notified in due course.

Provisional audition dates for 2021 are as follows:

Wednesday 21st April 2021 – Keyboard
Thursday 6th May 2021 – Brass/Percussion/Woodwind
Monday 10th May 2021 – Strings
Wednesday 12th May 2021 – Woodwind
Wednesday 19th May 2021 – Jazz – am
Monday 24th May 2021 – Strings

What are the repayment terms of an Instrument Purchase Loan?

Repayment Terms – these are given by way of illustration only.  The precise repayment terms of any loan offer will depend upon the individual circumstances of the candidate.

Loans under £1,500 10 months’ grace + 3 years repayment period
i.e. 1/36th per month of sum loaned
e.g. loan of £1,500 to be repaid at £41.66 per month
Loans between  £1,501-£2,500 10 months’ grace + 5 years repayment period
i.e. 1/60th per month of sum loaned
e.g. loan of £2,500 to be repaid at £42.00 per month
Loans between  £2,501-£5,00 10 months’ grace + 6 years repayment period
i.e. 1/72nd per month of sum loaned
e.g. loan of £5,000 to be repaid at £69.00 per month
Loans between  £5,001-£10,000 10 months’ grace + 7 years repayment period
i.e. 1/84th per month of sum loaned
e.g. loan of £10,000 to be repaid at £119.00 per month
Loans between £10,001-£15,000 10 months’ grace + 8 years repayment period
i.e. 1/96th per month of sum loaned
e.g. loan of £15,000 to be repaid at £156.25 per month
Loans between £15,001-£20,000 10 months’ grace + 10 years repayment period
i.e. 1/120th per month of sum loaned
e.g. loan of £20,000 to be repaid at £166.66 per month
Loans between £20,001-£25,000 10 months’ grace + 12 years repayment period
i.e. 1/144th per month of sum loaned
e.g. loan of £25,000 to be repaid at £173.61 per month

What is the maximum amount for an Instrument Purchase Loan?

The Trusts offers interest free loans up to £25,000 but to past beneficiaries only.

Postgraduate Study Award

When/how can I apply for a Munster Trust Study Award?

It is important in the first instance to make sure you are eligible for an Award – please double check our section on eligibility criteria.

Applications will be available online from 1st January each year and must be submitted through our online application form.  If you have technical issues completing the form please contact the Trust Secretary on admin@munstertrust.org.uk or telephone 01428 685427.  The closing date for submission of application forms, video links and references is midnight on 10th February.

Filling out an Application Form can be a daunting process, but the Applications Helpsheet 2021  contains detailed information on what you will need in order to submit your application form.  Give yourself enough time to complete the form: a last minute rush can cause undue pressure and possible mistakes.  The website allows you to save your work as you progress through the form.  This is a useful tool and enables you to review/edit the form as many times as you want up until the deadline.  Please do proofread your application form before sending this to us or ask someone to do this for you – there may be spelling mistakes or an important piece of information you have left out. Finally, make sure you get your application to us no later than midnight on 10th February.  A complete application consists of the online application form, two recordings and two references.

For tips about how to produce a suitable recording even when you are challenged by coronavirus restrictions, please have a look at our guide.

My course start date does not align with the start of the UK academic year. Am I able to apply to the Trust?

Our funding commences in September in order to coincide with the start of the UK academic year. If you are applying for a course where the start date is other than September, please contact us on admin@munstertrust.org.uk to discuss your options.

Do I need to submit any references?

The Trust requires two references to be submitted online by the closing date (10 February).

  • One referee must be the applicant’s current teacher and the other referee must be a person with up-to-date knowledge of the applicant’s musical training, for instance the applicant’s Head of Department.  If you are unable to gain a reference from your Head of Department, you will need to provide details of someone that has heard you play and who can provide a professional opinion on your playing and your plans for postgraduate study.
  • The online reference form will include the following questions
    • How long have you known the applicant, and if you are the current teacher, how long have you taught the applicant?
    • Have you heard the applicant perform in public in the last two years – if so when and where?
    • In what ways do the applicant’s performing ability, character and achievements demonstrate the possibility of a professional career in music?
    • What level do you estimate the candidate will reach in the profession?

Please contact the Secretary +44 (0)1428 685427 or admin@munstertrust.org.uk if your referees have any difficulties submitting online.  References received after the deadline are unacceptable and the application will be considered invalid.  References do need to be submitted through the online portal at www.munstertrust.org.uk/awards/study-grant-reference-form

What recordings do I need to submit in support of my application?

We appreciate that making a recording may be different from usual this year in view of coronavirus restrictions.  We have produced a guide which includes some tips on how to produce a recording that will be acceptable to the Trustees no matter what your circumstances, but some specific points to bear in mind are:

  • The audio quality is more important than the video quality for your recordings but follow our tips on camera position, etc. The recording must be unedited;
  • You should try to submit accompanied pieces performed with an accompaniment but this can be a “minus-one track” if you are unable to record with an accompanist.  Check the balance between your playing and the accompaniment;
  • If you are unable to produce recordings specifically for your Munster Trust application, we will accept recordings made for, for instance, college video auditions, but we do require all recordings to be uploaded to YouTube and YouTube links added to your application.  All recordings should be from within the past 6 months (12 months for composition) and, if you have applied to the Trust in the past, please do not submit a recording/piece that you have used to support a previous application.
  • Please remember that the Trustees will not be assessing the quality of your recording but only the quality of your performance, and appreciate the challenges faced this year.

What to provide: SINGERS AND INSTRUMENTALISTS (except PERCUSSION – see below)

To accompany your application form, please include two YouTube links.  Each link must be to a video recording of you singing/playing within the previous 6 months.  The two pieces that you choose for your links must be contrasting in period, style and tempo, and each piece should be between 4 and 5 minutes long.

Do not submit two movements from the same work, or two pieces by the same composer.

Ideally the recordings should not include long introductions by accompanying instruments and you do not need to introduce yourself or the piece.  There should be approximately five minutes of your performance on each recording.

Jazz candidates: We welcome recordings of you playing as part of a small band, so that the Trustees can judge your interaction with other players.  Where this is not possible, you may use backing tracks to replace the small band.  You should choose two pieces that best illustrate your interest and ability in areas of music that involve improvisation.

Piano Accompanists – Please include links to either:
Two unedited video recordings of you accompanying an instrumentalist. Neither of the two pieces should exceed six minutes; or
Two unedited video recordings of you accompanying a singer. Neither of the two pieces should exceed six minutes; or
Two unedited video recordings of you accompanying, separately, a singer and an instrumentalist. Neither piece should exceed six minutes.
When selecting your pieces and making your recordings, please bear in mind that the Trustees wish to be able to judge both your abilities as a pianist and your skills as an accompanist.

Please contact us on admin@munstertrust.org.uk or 01428 685427 well in advance of the application closing date if you need to discuss what it is possible for you to achieve and what the Trustees will be able to accept.

What to provide: PERCUSSION

To accompany your application form, please include two YouTube links to video recordings as follows:

  • One video recording should consist of the following pieces:  Timpani: Hindemith Metamorphoses on Themes of Weber AND Snare Drum: Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade (Mvts 3 and 4)
  • The other video recording should consist of the following pieces: Xylophone: Gershwin Porgy and Bess Introduction AND Vibraphone: Bernstein West Side Story.

If, on account of coronavirus restrictions, it is not possible for you to comply with these repertoire requirements, please contact the Trust Secretary on 01428 685427 well in advance of the application closing date to discuss what it is possible for you to achieve and what the Trustees will be able to accept.

What to provide: COMPOSERS

To accompany your application form, please include YouTube OR SoundCloud links to two recordings of recent compositions contrasting in style.  Two separate links are required – one for each piece.  These should have been recorded within the last 12 months, and within the last 6 months if possible.

Do not submit scores unless requested to do so.

Recordings of real performances are preferable but we appreciate that this may not be possible, particularly this year because of coronavirus restrictions.

If you have problems with these recording requirements, please contact the Trust Secretary on Trust Secretary on 01428 685427 well in advance of the application closing date.

Uploading to YouTube/SoundCloud:

  • Please note: all video recordings must be publicly viewable.  Please use either the unlisted or public privacy setting.
  • Ensure that all advertisements are turned off – please refer to the FAQs if necessary.
  • Please add the date on which the recording was made (and not just the date on which it was uploaded) to the Description section of YouTube or SoundCloud as you upload your recording.

How do I remove advertising from my YouTube video?

Please follow the instructions below:

  • Sign in to YouTube.  In the top right-hand corner, click on your account icon and then go to Creator Studio
  • In the left-hand menu, select Channel and then Status and Features
  • From the Status and Features list, select Advanced
  • There will be a heading “Advertisements” and a question “Allow advertisements to be displayed alongside my videos” – make sure the box is unchecked.
  • Scroll down and click “Save”

 

 

What is the audition process?

NB:  2021 applications for Munster Trust Study Awards – the Trustees have decided that, in view of the continuing uncertainty about the lifting of restrictions relating to COVID-19, it will NOT be possible to hold live auditions in 2021. If you have made an application for a Munster Trust Study Award this year, we will be in touch with you shortly about our current selection process.

Your audition will last approximately 15 minutes.  You will perform for approximately 10 minutes and then this will be followed by a short interview during which you may be asked a variety of questions by the Trustees – about your finances, about the music you played, technique, interpretation etc.

Please note: you cannot offer at audition the same pieces you submitted with your application. You can however offer a different movement from the same piece e.g. a different movement from a sonata/concerto.

The audition requirements are:

  • Piano / Brass / Strings / Woodwind: you should prepare three contrasting (in period, style & tempo) pieces (which may be extracts of larger works), lasting approximately 5 minutes each, which show your particular talent to the best advantage
  • Piano Accompaniment: you should bring a singer and be prepared to perform the following pieces:
    Schumann Aufträge (this piece is compulsory); plus
    a choice of three of the following options:
    Brahms Botschaft
    Britten Fish in the Unruffled Lakes
    Debussy Spleen
    Mahler Verlorne Müh (from Knaben Wunderhorn)
    Poulenc Reine des Mouettes
    Richard Strauss Ständchen
  • Voice: you should prepare three contrasting (in period, style & tempo) songs/arias (performed in the original language) lasting approximately 5 minutes each.
  • Percussion:  you should prepare one piece on the marimba which shows your particular talent to the best advantage, together with extracts as set out in your audition invitation.
  • Jazz: you should prepare two pieces, contrasting in tempo and atmosphere.
    Jazz Pianists & guitarists: one piece should feature an unaccompanied introduction.
    Jazz Drummers: one piece must feature unaccompanied improvisation (4s, 8s or open-ended)
    Jazz Bass players: you are required to present the melody of at least one piece.
    Please let us know if you will be bringing a rhythm section or other performers with you and note that this will be at your own expense.

When are the auditions?

NB:  2021 applications for Munster Trust Study Awards – the Trustees have decided that, in view of the continuing uncertainty about the lifting of restrictions relating to COVID-19, it will NOT be possible to hold live auditions in 2021. If you have made an application for a Munster Trust Study Award this year, we will be in touch with you shortly about our current selection process.

The Auditions generally take place between April and early June. You must be prepared to audition in person in London.  Any adjustment to the usual audition procedure on account of coronavirus restrictions will be notified in due course.

 

When will I hear whether I have received an award?

You will not hear whether or not you have been offered an award until after all the auditions have been completed i.e. not until early-mid  June.

How much might I receive as an award?

Awards are made according to both merit and need.  In recent years, the Trustees have offered amount of between £2,000 and £4,000.

I live/study abroad and so may be unable to attend a particular audition day. Can I still apply?

All applicants must be able to audition in person in London if called to audition.  Any changes in response to coronavirus restrictions will be notified in due course.

I am a composer. What is the application /audition process for me?

COMPOSERS

To accompany your application form, please include YouTube OR SoundCloud links to two recordings of recent compositions contrasting in style.  Two separate links are required – one for each piece.  These should have been recorded within the last 12 months, and within the last 6 months if possible.

Do not submit scores unless requested to do so.

Recordings of real performances are preferable but we appreciate that this may not be possible, particularly this year because of coronavirus restrictions.

If you have problems with these recording requirements, please contact the Trust Secretary on Trust Secretary on 01428 685427 well in advance of the application closing date.

After the Trustees have considered your application, you may be asked to submit scores and recordings which will be assessed by our composition assessors.  You may then be asked to attend an interview during which you may be asked questions regarding your finances, study plans and more technical questions regarding your compositions. Whether or not you are offered funding will be decided after this interview.  It is possible that, on account of coronavirus restrictions, the interview may be conducted by Zoom or Skype but you will be notified of this well in advance of the interview date, which for 2021 is set as 2nd June 2021.

I am applying for an award for piano accompaniment. What will happen at my audition?

Piano Accompaniment:   you should bring a singer and be prepared to perform the following pieces:

Schumann Aufträge (this piece is compulsory); plus

a choice of three of the following options:
Brahms Botschaft
Britten Fish in the Unruffled Lakes
Debussy Spleen
Mahler Verlorne Müh (from Knaben Wunderhorn)
Poulenc Reine des Mouettes
Richard Strauss Ständchen

I am applying for postgraduate study to more than one institution. Can I apply?

Yes, there is space on the application form for up to two different institutions, and/or private study, short courses, masterclasses.

I am applying for postgraduate study abroad and my audition is not until August. Can I apply?

Yes, you can apply for funding even though you have not yet auditioned. If funding is granted it will be conditional on a successful audition at the institution concerned.

I am on the waiting list, or have not yet heard whether I have been accepted on my postgraduate course. Can I apply?

Yes, if you are on the waiting list, or have not yet heard or even auditioned, you must still submit your application for funding by the closing date (10 February).  You need to keep the Secretary informed of the progress of your application and any award granted will be conditional on acceptance at your chosen institution.

I have already received an award from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust – can I reapply and, if so, how?

Yes, if you have received an award once in the past, you can reapply.  You need to apply online in January and the same process will apply as with your first application. The deadline for submission of application form, links to video recordings and references is 10 February.
If you have already received two awards from the Trust, you cannot apply again.

I have been turned down for an award in a previous year. Can I reapply?

You may re-apply to the Trust if you have applied in the past but not been offered an award.  However if you have been turned down without an award twice in the past, you may not apply to the Trust for a third time.  Students who apply to the Trust too early in their training, therefore, risk jeopardising their chances of obtaining funding at a later date.

Can I appeal or get feedback about a decision?

The Secretary of the Trust will not enter into correspondence with applicants, except to amplify or clarify their applications and is not at liberty to give applicants any assessment of their chances of success, nor to discuss reasons for failure.

Applicants who enter into correspondence with individual Trustees run the risk of prejudicing their case.

The granting or withholding of financial assistance is entirely at the collective discretion of the Trustees and in no circumstances will reasons be given for rejection or for the selection of one applicant as against another.

 

I have missed the deadline for applications. Can I still apply?

We are unable to accept late applications – the closing date is midnight on 10 February.  Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.

Can I use an original composition or arrangement in support of my application?

Yes but the recordings submitted should be chosen so as to demonstrate your abilities to their best advantage.