Help Musicians UK bursary scheme for young pro musicians

The scheme, run by Help Musicians UK (formerly the Musicians Benevolent Fund) helps young professional musicians access exceptional career development opportunities in the UK and internationally.

The funds wants to invest in talented artists who are performing or creating great music and are already making an impact in their field. You could be an instrumentalist, singer, conductor, composer, songwriter or a small group, working in any musical genre.

You must be primarily UK-based and aged between 21-30 years of age or have completed your most recent stage of formal music education in the last five years.

These bursaries can be to fund opportunities which will have a significant impact on your artistic development at a crucial point in your career. Grants will range from £500 to £2,000. Activities could include:

  • Participation in masterclasses, academies and short courses (such as residential programmes at Aspen Music School, Yale, Lucerne Festival Academy, Banff Centre and IMS Prussia Cove)
  • A time-limited period of mentoring with a leading expert in your field, focused on specific repertoire or technique
  • A short period of intensive coaching with a world-class tutor in advance of a major performance or project.

Read the guidelines which detail who can apply and what they are looking for. Also, take note of how to apply before submitting your online application.

The next deadlines are:

  • 18 September 2015
  • 20 November 2015