We will be accepting applications for 2017 Awards during December 2016.
We believe that all talented young people deserve the chance to progress in their music making. That’s why we award up to £100,000 in grants to exceptional young instrumentalists in need of support each year.
Once a year we invite applications from young instrumentalists playing any musical genre to join our annual Awards programme. Award winners receive flexible funding towards musical costs and individual support, which may include mentoring, master classes with professional musicians, the chance to observe professional orchestras and other ensembles in rehearsal, free tickets to concerts and performance opportunities.
Our main Awards are called Robert Lewin Scholarships and we grant a number of special Awards including:
- The Simon Richards Award for Young Violins
- The Award for the Best Young Musician in Surrey
- The Chris Isaac Award for Jazz Piano
- The Richard Toeman Memorial Award for Young Pianists
- AYM/Milapfest Fellowship Awards for Indian Music
- The Joan Scrutton Awards for string players
- The Des Simmons Award for Guitar
- The Ashford Award for flute
More ‘Named Awards’ can be found here.
How much can I apply for?
You can apply for up to £2,000. The average Award granted is £500. Awards can help with costs including:
- Buying or hiring a musical instrument
- Music lessons
- Weekend music schools
- Music courses
- Orchestra fees
Am I eligible?
Our key criteria are musical talent and financial need. To be eligible you should be aged between 5 and 17, be living and studying in the UK and be an instrumentalist (unfortunately we cannot support singers).
Applications will be means tested and we use an income threshold similar to that of the Government Music and Dance Scheme. Ultimately, however, our adjudication panel makes decisions based on which applicants are most talented and most in need.