Schools of Music

Our application process in support of the academic year 2021-22 is now open and closes on 31 March 2021. Please note the significant change in criteria for applications from individuals.

Restrictions & Eligibility

1. Under the scheme four schools of music are invited to apply they are: the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Purcell School.

2. Schools should note that the applications they submit must be for students who are UK citizens attending full time courses and that the Trustees wish to identify and assist particularly gifted or talented students who struggle to meet fees or living expenses.

3. Each school can submit up to two applications with a total across both applications of a maximum value of £10,000. 

4. Schools should note that the Foundation does not fund overseas students, volunteering, part time study, study abroad or gap year projects.

5. It is a mandatory requirement of the Foundation that a personal or family link with commerce is established for an application to be considered. To qualify the applicant, the applicant’s parents or grandparents must have worked in or owned a commercial business. This does not include professional people i.e. doctors, accountants, architects, solicitors, etc. Details supporting this link will be requested on the application form.

6. The Trustees give preference to applications that will ultimately benefit the United Kingdom and its communities. 


Grants are annual, with applications considered by the Trustees in May each year. Applications must be submitted by the music schools online through the Foundation’s website by the 31 March. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered. The Foundation will notify the school of the outcome of their application(s) in June.


Under this category a maximum grant pool of £10,000 is available to which each of the four selected schools can bid for competitively. Schools can apply for the whole sum or a portion of it and should submit no more than two separate applications. The Trustees will then decide in what proportions the grant will be distributed amongst the four schools. The Trustees may decide to award the full grant to one individual, to divide it amongst 8 or less, or to make no award.


Grants are normally paid directly to the individual usually in September of the year awarded. For larger grants, it may be necessary to split the award into two payments up to 6 months apart.

Applying again

Previous grant recipients and those who were unsuccessful in previous rounds can reapply via their School of Music however; there is no guarantee of repeat funding.


It is mandatory that all grant recipients submit a progress report to the Trustees; this will be in the March following the start of the academic year for which the grant was awarded.