Scholarships, grants, bursaries and trusts

There are many organisations that offer financial support to help towards children and young people's music-making. As a starting point, you can follow the links below to find out more information.

Awards for Young Musicians

Awards for Young Musicians believe that all musically talented young people should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, whatever their background.

Applications for their annual awards programme closed on Friday 3 March 2017.  Please check their website for application details for 2018.

EMI Music Sound Foundation

The EMI Music Sound Foundation provides two types of awards.

  • Instrument and/or Equipment awards which allows schools, music teachers and individuals in full time education to apply for assistance with the purchase of musical instruments and/or equipment.
  • Bursary awards which allow students at certain colleges/organisations (as detailed on their website) to apply for assistance with fees and/or living expenses.

The closing date for applications is Monday 21 August 2017

Future Talent

Described as The UK’s flagship charity supporting gifted young musicians from low income backgrounds, Future Talent is a charity that gives financial support and guidance to young musicians aged between 5 and 18 who are clearly demonstrating outstanding musical ability or potential, but for whatever reason do not have the financial means to reach their goal.

Awards are given for a variety of purposes including: the purchase of instruments, music lessons, fees for specialist training courses, etc.

The application closing date was Monday 16 January 2017. Please check the Future Talent website for application details for 2018.

Music for All

A UK musical instrument charity, Music for All aims to 'make more musicians' and inspires more people to discover the mental and physical benefits of playing a musical instrument. The grants programme aims to help groups, schools, and organisations bring music to communities.

Application deadlines are 1 November 2017 and 1 February 2018.

Music for Alice

Groups, organisations, and charities can apply for awards of up to £1000. Made twice a year, these awards can help towards the purchase of instruments and equipment. Please visit the Music for Alice website for more information.

The closing date for applications is 10 May 2018.

The Roger David Burrows Music Fund

This music fund was setup in 2012 in memory of Roger David Burrows (1980-2012), a past member of South Suffolk Youth Orchestra. The fund hopes to inspire all abilities in music-making - adults and children - by offering small grants to groups or individuals.

The closing date for grant applications is Monday 1 January 2018.

Round Table

The Round Table is a worldwide organisation with local groups that work to help their communities.


Each grant and trust fund has its own particular application criteria and procedure. You're advised to research these fully before making any application. This isn't an exhaustive list of grant-giving organisations. Suffolk Music Education Hub (SMEH) can neither say whether or not any of these would support you, nor approach the organisations on your behalf. SMEH can't guarantee that support can or will be given.

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