Other funding sources

There are many other private organisations offering financial support to young musicians, but it can be hard to know where to start looking. 

You may find the publications below a good place to start. Click on the links below to find out more.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

A really useful general guide on how to access funding from charities, including advice on how to approach organisations and write applications and lots of helpful contacts. You can download a copy for a small charge from the Grad Funding website

If you are a current RCM student, the College has a subscription allowing you to access this guide for free via the Creative Careers Centre Muse site

The British and International Music Education Yearbook

This publication by Rhinegold contains useful information on funding.

Please visit the Rhinegold website for further details.

Charities Digest

The Charities Digest (published by Waterlow) includes information on national and regional charities, as well as key local organisations that can provide grants to individuals. 

The Directory for Social Change

The Directory for Social Change produces a number of useful publications for those seeking financial support. Visit the Directory for Social Change website for more information. These include:

  • The Guide to the Major Trusts (Published by the Directory of Social Change in two volumes).
  • A Guide to the top 400 UK trusts, including guidance for applicants, contact details and deadlines.
  • Directory of Grant-making Trusts: a reference book detailing the largest trusts who give grants to organisations.
  • The Guide to Educational Grants: a general guide to funding sources for education up to first degree level (does not cover postgraduate or specialist music funding).
  • A Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need: a comprehensive guide to funding available to those in hardship, including local, disability-related and religious charities.

The Grants Register

Published by Palgrave MacMillan, The Grants Register provides details of postgraduate funding sources worldwide (the 2013 edition covers 49 countries).

Useful Websites

Help Musicians

Help Musicians provides agreat resource for finding funding sources to support young musicians. In addition to the MBF’s own awards, you can find details of many other funding sources.

The Countess of Muster Trust General Music Funding Guide

The Munster Trust provides a useful list of trusts who support young musicians, including some of the smaller trusts who may not have their own websites. 


Turn2Us is a general website aimed at helping people from all backgrounds find funding sources. Use the search function to identify trusts who may be able to help you. This is a very useful starting point when looking for funding, and can also help you identify whether you are eligible for any other UK benefits.

Student Cash Point

Student Cash Point is a comprehensive website for students seeking funding for university study in the UK.


If you are interested in investigating more imaginative ways of raising funds, Crowdfunder.co.uk is a good place to look for inspiration.

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