External funding organisations
There are some external funding bodies that may be able to assist students with tuition fees or maintenance support. A selection of funding organisations is shown below. You can find details of how to search for other organisations on our Other Funding Sources page.
Click on the links below to find out more about what these funding bodies offer.
1st Formations Business Scholarships
Details of award: the Scholarship awards up to 10 successful applicants with a bursary of £600 each. The bursary is designed to help students with some of the additional costs involved in studying, such as the cost of course materials, textbooks and other living expenses.
Restrictions: applicants must be a current student and be able to demonstrate academic excellence, a desire to run a business, and personal circumstances suitable for additional financial support. Not available to previous recipients of the 1st Formations Business Scholarship.
More info: available on the 1st Formations website
Bank of Ireland Catherine Judge Memorial Award
Details of award: The winner receives a bursary of £5,000 / €6,800 towards their studies.
Restrictions: Open to music students resident in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland who have achieved at least Grade 8 (ABRSM, LCM, Trinity, DIT or CIT) or Senior Certificate (RIAM) on their chosen instrument or voice and who wish to pursue university education in the academic year immediately following the event.
More info: www.boicjma.com/apply
Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund
Detail of award: Awards ranging from £500 to £5000. See Canadian Scholarship Fund website for further details and application forms.
Restrictions: open to Canadian students studying for full-time multi-year graduate programmes in the UK.
Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD study
Details of Award: Scholarships for PhD study for citizens of developed Commonwealth Countries. Awards are for three years of tuition fees and a maintenance grant, jointly funded by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and UK universities. Students must have been offered a place at their chosen university before applying.
Restrictions: Countries currently classed as developed Commonwealth countries are: Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta and New Zealand.
More info: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/
Details of awards: Scholarship fund to support university lecturers from Indonesia to study at an overseas university.
More info: Available on the Embassy of the Republic Indonesia in London website
Elizabeth Eagle-Bott Memorial Awards
Details of awards: Supports blind and partially-sighted musicians, including assistance with tuition fees and instrument purchase, specialist tuition and transcriber and reader costs
Restrictions: UK citizens who are registered as blind or partially-sighted
EMI Music Sound Foundation
Details of awards: Instrument and Equipment Awards (grants of up to £2000)
Restrictions: Applicants must be UK citizens or Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK and have not yet purchased their intended instrument
More info: www.musicsoundfoundation.com
Entente Cordiale Scholarships
Details of awards: Bilateral awards scheme funding postgraduate French students wishing to study in Britain and British students wishing to study in France
Restrictions: You must be French or have studied in France up to Bac+3.
More info: en.entente-cordiale.org
ESU Music Scholarships
Detail of awards: Scholarships cover tuition and board and lodging, and in some cases travel, to enable young musicians to participate in in summer schools at prestigious venues such as the Banff Centre for the Arts and Tanglewood Music Centre.
Restrictions: Applicants must be instrumentalists or singers who are studying, or who have recently studied, in the UK at a recognised conservatoire. The deadline normally falls in the October prior to the summer school.
More info: Visit the ESU website.
Gilchrest Educational Trust
Details of awards: Supports students who, having made appropriate plans to fund their studies, find themselves in unexpected financial need. Also supports student undertaking a period abroad as part of their course.
Restrictions: Applicants must be full-time students at a UK university
More info: www.gilchristgrants.org.uk
Glasgow Educational and Marshall Trust
Details of awards: Awards of up to £1000 for postgraduate students
Restrictions: Applicants must have lived in the city of Glasgow for at least 5 years
More info: www.gemt.org.uk
Great Britain – China Educational Trust
Details of awards: Chinese Student Awards of around £1500 to £2000.
Restrictions: Chinese (including Hong Kong) students preparing a PhD at a British university. Applicants should be in at least their 3rd year of study
Juventudes Musicales de España
Details of Awards: Helpful website for Spanish students seeking funding, including competition details and links to various trusts and awards
More info: www.jmspain.org
Details of awards: Awards for postgraduate study in the UK for US students
Restrictions: US nationals with an undergraduate degree from a US institution and a GPA of 3.7 or higher – see the website for further details
More info: www.marshallscholarship.org
Martin Musical Scholarship Fund
Details of awards: around 60 students supported each year
Restrictions: applicants must be under 25 and studying full-time in the UK. Candidates must be studying for a performing career as soloist, chamber musician or orchestral player. Regrettably the Fund is unable to support organists, singers, guitarists, academic or jazz studies.
More info: www.philharmonia.co.uk or telephone Martyn Jones on 01959 532299 for details of how to apply.
Details of awards: Supports several awards to young musicians and ensembles in different genres. The website also has a very helpful Funding Wizard giving details of other funding sources.
Restrictions: Candidates for MBF Postgraduate performance awards must be nominated to audition by the RCM
Royal Overseas League Music Competition
Detail of awards: Competition is open to citizens of the UK Commonwealth, including former Commonwealth countries, for instrumentalists and singers up to and including the age of 30.
Restrictions: Commonwealth (including former commonwealth and UK) up to the age of 30.
More info: Closing date January. £30 000 worth of prizes awarded.
Ryan Davies Memorial Fund
Details of awards: They invite applications from individual Welsh students in the Performing Arts for grant assistance from the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund.
Restrictions: Welsh students
More info: Closing date 1 March.
Ryan Davies Memorial Fund
The Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust
Details of awards: Assists with the cost of tuition and instrument purchase for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass students
Restrictions: Applicants must be under 30 and in full-time education
More info: www.thecoopercollection.co.uk
The Australian Music Foundation (AMF)
Details of awards: Grants to support Australian students undertaking study overseas
Restrictions: Applicants must be aged up to 26 (30 for singers) and attend live auditions in Melbourne or Sydney
More info: http://australianmusicfoundation.org/
The Countess of Munster Trust
Details of awards: Around 70 awards each year to young musicians - applications are welcomed from instrumentalists and singers looking to undertake performance based postgraduate study, and from composers wishing to undertake postgraduate study. Loans to former beneficiaries for instrument purchase.
Restrictions: Eligibility criteria apply - please see website for details. Closing date: 10 February 2016
More info: www.munstertrust.org.uk
The Cross Trust
Details of awards: Funding support for university courses at undergraduate level.
Restrictions: Applicants must be Scottish or have Scottish parentage, and have already taken out the full Government funding support available (student loan and maintenance grant)
More info: www.thecrosstrust.org.uk
The Elizabeth Evans Trust
Details of awards: Supports young people preparing for a career in the performing arts
Restrictions: Applicants must be 26 or under and either be Welsh or have a close connection with Wales
More info: www.theelizabethevanstrust.co.uk
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust
Details of awards: Supports young Australians (normally postgraduates) studying overseas
Restrictions: Australian nationals only
More info: www.ianpotterculturaltrust.org.au
The Kathleen Trust
Details of awards: Awards to outstanding young musicians in financial need (loans towards the purchase of musical instruments and sometimes bursaries towards study)
Applications in writing to:
The Kathleen Trust
Currey & Co
21 Buckingham Gate
The Neil Vint Bursary
Details of awards: Bursary for a former student of Chethams School of Music, worth £1000
Restrictions: Applicants must be aged 20-26 and have previously studied at Chethams
More info: www.chethams.com
Details of awards: Overseas study awards to help deserving postgraduate South African students follow programmes that cannot be pursued in their home country.
Contact: The Manager, The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust. Tel: +27 11 551 9502
The Seary Charitable Trust
Details of awards: The provision of financial assistance for students who are residents in the UK to assist with their musical education and career. Grants can also be used for maintenance.
Restrictions: Residents in the UK
Mr G N Harby
14 Castle Avenue
The Sidney Perry Foundation
Details of awards: Mostly provides awards (of up to £800) to undergraduate students
Restrictions: Will not normally support first-year students and candidates must demonstrate that the majority of funding has already been raised.
More info: Write to the Secretary for an application form
The Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust
Details of awards: Provides funding support for music students
Restrictions: Only Scottish students may apply
The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust
Details of awards: Supports postgraduate violinists, violists and cellists studying at the RCM, RAM, Trinity Laban, RNCM and Guildhall conservatoires
More info: 53 Netherhouse Road Shaw Oldham OL2 7HY
The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust
Details of awards: Provides awards to Masters and Doctoral students of all disciplines
Restrictions: Applicants must be aged 24 or over and hold an undergraduate degree (first or second class if awarded by a UK university)
More info: www.stapleytrust.org
The Tait Memorial Trust
Details of awards: Provides study grants to your Australian musicians studying in the UK (awards in the region of £500 to £1000, normally towards maintenance costs)
Restrictions: Applicants must be Australian and aged under 35
More info: www.taitmemorialtrust.org
The Webster and Davidson Mortification for the Blind
Details of awards: Awards to blind and partially sighted people to support the learning of music. Normally one-year bursaries (with the possibility of renewal) or grants for specific musical purposes.
Restrictions: Blind or partially sighted applicants. Preference given to applicants who are ordinarily resident in Scotland.
More info: The closing dates for receipt of both applications and the referee's report to support an application are 31 May and 30 November each year. Forms can be downloaded from:www.thorntons-law.co.uk
The Women’s Careers Foundation
Details of awards: Supports women who require assistance to study for a career
Restrictions: Must be British and female. Must be aged over 21 except music and dance students
More info: Contact the Secretary at 2 Watch Oak, Blackham, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9TP or telephone 01892 740602
The Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe
Details of awards: The YMFE-Scholarship Competition is open to full-time music students of any nationality not older than 25 years at the time of the application.
Each Scholarship has a value of 1.000,00 EUR to 2.000,00 EUR. The Scholarship covers one year and the money may be used for any purpose related to the advancement of studies.
Restrictions: The rewarded discipline changes every year. Applicants will be selected according to their current musical ability and their demonstrated future potential. For under 25 years old.
More info: Deadline generally in November.
Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK)
The Zetland Foundation
Details of awards: Provides financial support for young people in the Arts.
Restrictions: Individual cases considered. Contact the Trust for further information
More info: www.zetlandfoundation.org
Tom Acton Memorial Trust
Detail of awards: The trust supports young musicians from Essex aged 25 or under with financial help for instruments, tuition, and other expenses. They select based on talent, and require an application supported by a teacher’s recommendation by 31st May.
Restrictions: You must have been born in, educated in, or be resident in Essex, and should be below the age of 25 on 31st May. You must have reached an advanced standard of musical education and will need to provide an independent reference from your instrumental teacher to support your application.
More info: tomactonorg.wordpress.com
Victor Ford Foundation
Details of awards: Supports young people in higher education studying music, drama and the arts
More info: Write a letter to the Trustee, Judith Thompson, outlining your situation, and giving your financial situation. (It helps to mention money already secured).
Send it to:
1433a London Road
Include contact details for a referee, normally your Principal Study prof.
Unggulan (High Achiever) Scholarships
Details of awards: Scholarship fund to support high-achieving Indonesian students to study abroad.
Restrictions: Applicants must be able to demonstrate their achievements, or potential to achieve, in their field (e.g. regional or national competitions)
More info: Available on the Embassy of the Republic Indonesia in London website
A large number of charitable trusts already generously support RCM students through the RCM Scholarship Fund, or through College nominations, and therefore should not be contacted directly for funding applications.
Click here for a list of charitable trusts:
The Richard Carne Charitable Trust
H R Taylor Trust
The Worshipful Company of Musicians
The Michael Bishop Foundation
The Reed Foundation
Croucher Hong Kong Charitable Trust
Opperby Stokowski Collection Trust
The Worshipful Company of Drapers
The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers
Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust
The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation UK
The Mills Williams Foundation
The Derek Butler Trust
The Charles Peel Charitable Trust
The Ackroyd Trust
The Wyseliot Charitable Trust
The Wall Trust
The Rayne Trust
The Boltini Trust Scholarships
David Laing Foundation Scholarship
South Square Trust
Else and Leonard Cross Charitable Trust
Kirby Laing Foundation
The Bliss Trust
J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust
John Lyon’s Charity
David Ross Foundation
The Ernest Cook Trust
EMI Music Sound Foundation
The Stanley Foundation
The Oldhurst Trust
The Farthings Trust
The Henry Wood Trust
The Robert Fleming Hannay Memorial Charity
Miss Kathleen Beryl Sleigh Charitable Trust
St Marylebone Educational Foundation
The Sharp Foundation
The Derek Hill Foundation
Knights of the Round Table
Activia Training UK Scholarship
Details of award: Two awards of £500 available
Restrictions: UK nationals only
More info: available on the Activia Training Activia Training Website