Approaching organisations and individuals for funding
Be proactive and creative in your search. The greater the number of people who are aware of your need for funding the greater your chance of securing the required amount.
- Visit libraries, some of which hold information on trusts
- Approach firms and organisations in your home area
- Talk with your teacher; he/she may know of organisations or individuals who may be willing to sponsor you
- Talk with people in your local community, including theatre and arts organisations
- Visit the careers office or the alumni association of your previous schools, colleges or universities
- If you are not a UK student, please get in touch with your own ministry of education and local British Council office for details of scholarship opportunities for those students wishing to study overseas.
- Don't just look for funding for music students. You may be eligible for a small bursary from your local borough, county or parish, or from another fund supporting young people of your nationality, religion, interests or family background. There are awards out there for children of shopkeepers, military personnel, vegetarians...be imaginative in your search!
In order to increase your chances of success in raising the financial support you will need to consider the following information…
Businesses and charities are more willing to support for candidates who they consider will make the most of their opportunities. Any approach to such organisations should be made in a creative but professional way. If you are offered an interview or the opportunity to send in details about your future studies, ensure that you include as much relevant information as possible:
- a covering letter detailing your aspirations and what you wish to achieve during and after your time at the Royal College of Music and how your study at the College will ultimately help you reach your career goals. If possible, research the company or organisation you are applying to, in order to see whether they have a history of supporting students.
- a curriculum vitae (resumé) detailing your achievements to date, with references.
- A detailed and thoroughly researched budget of the funding you will need to complete your studies. Be realistic but not extravagant. Organisations will want to see exactly how you will be spending their money.