Funding for composers and performers
Performers and composers can apply for a range of funding programmes to help support their activities and advance their careers.
Please check individual websites for details on eligibility, applications and deadlines.
PRS Foundation offer a variety of funding opportunities. They are dedicated to new music and talent development across the UK, working across all genres.
Arts Council England Project Grants
Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants is the new ACE open-access fund for arts projects.
Creative Scotland run the Open Fund Award for artists, groups, and creative organisations who are looking to apply for money to support them in their artistic or creative projects.
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland offer support through a number of rolling schemes, including the Individual Artist Programme and the Young Musicians' Platform Award. Their officers also offer specialist guidance on funding and project development.
The Musicians' Company offer a number of awards for composers and performers.
The Trust supports young musicians at the start of their careers by offering them funding for projects such as attending masterclasses, travelling to auditions, making recordings, commissioning new works and more.
Help Musicians UK
HMUK is running a funding opportunity called Do It Differently, which is open to emerging and professional musicians of all genres and disciplines. The Do It Differently Fund helps independent, entrepreneurial musicians to build their career by providing grants for development opportunities and creative projects.
Sentric Music has launched The Sentric Academy Fund for emerging artists. The Fund will support 12 artists per year, starting in 2020. Each artist will be given up to £1,000 to spend how they wish on funding their careers. Entry for the first round of funding is open until January 31, 2020 and thereafter submissions will be open for two months every quarter. Artists can apply through their Sentric account.
Open to organists at the start of their career who want to embark on a major project relating to the organ.
RPS Audience Fund
Applications are open for a new fund that aims to give classical music organisations the means to attract, engage and retain new audiences.
Up to £19,000 will be shared between four to five projects for concerts, tours, recordings and education work that is seen as doing the most to advance and promote the understanding of music by women.
Search the directory for nationwide funding opportunities for composers.
The award is for a work which has been written or is in the process of being written for musical theatre.
HMUK may be able to offer you support in the event of crisis, illness, disability or retirement. If you are told you need short-term treatment that isn’t available promptly on the NHS, their Emerging Musicians' Health Scheme may be able to help with a grant towards the costs.
RSM may be able to offer financial support for a range of issues, including living expenses, rehabilitation, counselling, referrals to specialised practitioners, or consultations with financial advisors.
RPS instrument purchase grant
First year students and junior students who will shortly be embarking on full-time study are given priority.
The Foundation owns and lends a collection of fine violins supplied by violin dealer J & A Beare to over 50 young professional musicians. It aims to support these young string players at the start of the careers by providing them with an instrument which they otherwise might not have been able to afford.
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