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Funding opportunities for young musicians

Information on what financial support and grants are available to support individual pupils who play musical instruments across Dorset.

The Richard Ely Trust For Young Musicians

The purpose of The Richard Ely Trust For Young Musicians is to promote, improve, develop and advance education in and the appreciation of music in all its aspects for young people under the age of 21 resident in or educated within Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole with a particular view to assisting those in financial hardship. Our firm belief is that in this way we will enable young people to develop precious talent, for their own benefit and that of the community.

OrganisationThe Richard Ely Trust for Young Musicians
Address27 Ashmeads Close, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 2LG
Telephone Number01202 885967
Website Richard Ely Trust (opens in a new window)

The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation

The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation supports young people in a wide range of youth organisations in Dorset and provides them with scholarships to support their personal development and the pursuit of their ambitions.

OrganisationThe John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation
AddressBox 7124, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 2DB
Telephone Number07792 121645
Website John Thornton Foundation (opens in a new window)

Awards for Young Musicians

Awards of between £200 and £2,000 are made annually to outstanding young instrumentalists under the age of 18, in any musical genre. Awards may be made for a range of purposes, including private lessons, courses and instrument purchase. Applicants must provide:

  1. Evidence that they have reached distinction level in their last music exam, or other evidence of this level of ability
  2. A reference from a music teacher
  3. Evidence of financial need

Application forms are available from October each year for costs occurring in the next financial year. The closing date for applications is usually in March or April and awards are made in May.

OrganisationAwards for Young Musicians
AddressDirector Awards for Young Musicians, PO Box 2754, Bristol BS4 9DA
Telephone Number0117 9049906

Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) (opens in a new window)

 Valentine Alcock Scholarship

The Valentine Alcock Scholarship will pay for a young person to attend a summer school or similar intensive course (often residential), and may also contribute to the cost of an accompanying person if appropriate. Candidates should be aged 14-18, have some proficiency/potential in a musical instrument and be of limited means (so that they could not afford to pay for themselves). Applications can be made at any time in the year and are considered promptly as they are received.  

OrganisationValentine Alcock Scholarships
Address26 Limes Avenue, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7DY
Telephone Number01773 520476
Website The Valentine Alcock Scholarship (opens in a new window)

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset Young and Talented Fund

Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Mr Angus Campbell has just launched an appeal for donations for his Young and Talented Fund set up in partnership with the Dorset Community Foundation.

The fund has been set up to support an array of young people aged between 14-21 who have a recognised talent in the areas of sport, the arts, science and beyond, but who need some additional funding (due to personal or financial hardship) to fulfil their ambitions or reach their potential.

OrganisationDorset Community Foundation
AddressAbchurch Chambers, 24 St Peter's Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2LN
Telephone Number01202 315952
Website Dorset Community Foundation (opens in a new window)


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