Sadly, our own funding is drawing to a close – our last ever schemes are now open for applications on Hiive. But while it's an incredibly tough time for arts funding, there is support out there. We've pulled together a list of some of what's available to help you get your project off the ground. Good luck!


The Countess of Munster Musical Trust
Deadline(s): Various

The spiel: “The Trust provides financial assistance towards the musical education of individual students.

What they fund: The Trust's principal aim is to support young musicians, i.e. instrumentalists, singers, conductors and composers, of exceptional ability. There are three available categories of funding. Grants for study. Loans for instrument purchase. Stephen Oliver Award, a biennial award allocated to an artist who can develop a new piece of musical theatre.


Joining the Dots

The spiel: “Supporting game-changing ideas, share know-how and connect people.

What they fund: Joining the Dots is a new support programme for entrepreneurial artists, promoters, producers and others working in independent music, developed by the hub. We want to support game-changing ideas, share know-how and connect up people working in independent music. You can also get involved by signing up as a member of the Joining the Dots community if you’d like to build your knowledge and networks.


The Martin Musical Scholarship
Deadline(s): January

The Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, administered by the Philharmonia Orchestra, has given invaluable support to countless young musicians since 1968. Usually over 60 awards are made each year. For young, gifted musicians, these awards enable them to either continue or complete an essential period of study that, due to financial constraints, may otherwise have been impossible. The culmination of the Fund’s commitment is to offer the opportunity of a recital at the Purcell Room at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, which for these talented performers is an inspiring occasion that marks a milestone in their careers.


Music Tank
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “We can offer your organisation some great sponsorship opportunities to showcase your organisation’s brand, communicate your values, make valuable connections and reach new markets.

MusicTank is a unique, neutral non-profit information hub for UK music business. Amongst a raft of activity their latest focus surrounds access to finance for the music industry. They focus on addressing change and innovation through informed debate, objective analysis and industry engagement.

Help Musicians UK
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “We help musicians of all genres in a variety of ways.

What they fund: Help Musicians UK help hundreds of emerging musicians to develop their talent and get the crucial break they need. The site also has a funding wizard, which will advice you on the support you can get to further your art.


Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Funding Directory

The spiel: “Funding directory for visual artists and composers.”

It provides a portal for information on funding opportunities for individual artists and composers. Paul Hamlyn Foundation is an independent grant-making organisation that works to help people fulfil their potential and enjoy a better quality of life. It operates three UK programmes – in the Arts, Education and Learning and Social Justice.

PRS for Music Foundation
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “We are the UK’s leading funder of new music across all genres”

What they fund: The PRS Foundation supports artists to in turn support communities through music. The organisation has a number of funding schemes for Individuals and Organisations & Groups and supports the creation and the touring of new work. Through residencies, community projects and commissions, PRS encourage artists and ensembles to reach their full potential.


The Worshipful Company of Musicians
Deadline(s): Various

The spiel: “The Musicians’ Company encourages and promotes musical performance and education to the highest professional standards.

What they fund: With a focus on young musicians, packages of support prizes and scholarshipsperformance opportunities medals that recognise excellence and achievement.


Youth Music

The spiel: “Music is power”

What they fund: Youth Music has recently launched the Youth Music Network, designed to support and connect anyone who works to bring music education to young people. Youth Music is committed to supporting children in challenging circumstances and early years development and strive to build on talent and potential and workforce development. To apply you need to be based in the UK, represent an organisation that has been legally constituted for at least one year and deliver work that will benefit young people in England.


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