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Leave a gift in your will

Composer and pianist on Britten Theatre stage
Performers, composers, conductors, scholars and teachers have developed within our walls and made resounding music on platforms large and small across the world. However, we can only continue to deliver a world-class education, and life-changing opportunities, with the support of others. 

Legacy gifts provide vital scholarships, support for new facilities and artistic opportunities to support musicians in their professional studies. Every contribution, large or small, is deeply appreciated and will help ensure that future generations of musicians continue to have access to outstanding training and opportunities at the RCM.

Once you have provided for your family and loved ones, please consider making a gift in your will to the Royal College of Music.

How to leave a gift in your will

Writing a will is easier than you think. The information below outlines some of the key elements you will need to consider should you choose to leave a legacy gift. We would recommend that you seek legal advice from a professional advisor who will be able to assist you with writing your will.

If you have already written your will and wish to include a gift to the RCM, you can make an addition by including a codicil, or note of amendment to your existing will.

There are three main ways of including the RCM in your will, each of which could make a huge difference to future generations of musicians:

Residuary gift

A residuary will bequeath to the RCM a share of your remaining estate after all your other wishes have been met.

Suggested wording for your will

'I/we give to the Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS (Registered Charity Number 309268) ("the Charity") the residue of my estate [for the general purposes of the Charity] OR [and I express the wish (but without imposing any obligation) that the money be used for [specify use]]. I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other appropriate officer of the Charity shall be a full and sufficient discharge for my Executors of the said legacy.'

Pecuniary gift

A pecuniary gift allows you to leave a specific amount in your will to the RCM.

Suggested wording for your will

'I/ we give to the Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS (Registered Charity Number 309268) ("the Charity") the sum of £[specify value]. I express the wish (but without imposing any legally binding obligation) that the money be used for [specify use – for example 'a postgraduate scholarship'] OR [the general purposes of the charity]. I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other appropriate officer of the Charity shall be a full and sufficient discharge for my Executors of the said legacy.'

Leaving an item or an asset

Instruments

The opportunity to play a quality instrument can make an important difference in a young musician's artistic development and we are immensely grateful.

Our aim is to ensure that any instrument will be resilient enough to be used by musicians training to a professional standard. Therefore, if you are considering leaving your instrument to the RCM we would encourage you to contact us first to ensure we can adhere to your wishes.

It is helpful to include provision in your will for transporting instruments to the RCM if required, particularly if they are located outside London.

Musical collections

The RCM is a world-renowned home for important musical collections, thanks largely to the generosity of our supporters. We value further donations of this kind, however due to restricted amounts of suitable storage space, we are only able to keep items that will make a significant addition to the Library’s current collection. Nevertheless, we will endeavour to find a suitable home for anything we receive.

Suggested wording for your will

'I/we give to Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS (Registered Charity Number 309268) ("the Charity"), my [full description of item and location] in support of the Royal College of Music. I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other appropriate officer of the Charity shall be a full and sufficient discharge for my Executors of the said legacy.'

Tax-effective giving

The Royal College of Music is a registered charity (no 309268), which means that your bequest is not liable for inheritance tax and will be deducted from your estate before any tax liability is calculated.

We would like to say thank you

We appreciate that leaving a gift in your will is a personal decision. Whether you have already decided to leave a gift to the RCM in your will or are considering making a legacy gift, we would be delighted to hear from you.

While there is no obligation to let us know your intentions, we would value the opportunity to thank you for your support and keep you informed of our work and plans for the future.

Get in touch

If you would like to inform us of your intention to leave a gift in your will to the RCM, or for more information, please contact our Head of Supporter Engagement.

Emma McCormack

Supporter Engagement Manager, Legacies

+44 (0)20 7591 4761

emma.mccormack@rcm.ac.uk