Funding an Instrument
Good quality instruments can be expensive, but they should not be out of reach for any player, below there are a number of resources that offer grants and funding options which are available. I have offered a short description of each, please visit their websites and contact them directly for more information and eligibility.
There are a few loans dedicated to musical instruments, some are interest free and can be applied for by a variety of levels and ages.
- Abbado European Young Musicians Trust - Loans (usually interest free) to assist young instrumentalists who are aiming for a professional career in music in buying suitable instruments to help them progress, available to those 18-30 years old.
- The Countess of Munster Musical Trust - Each year the Trust is able to offer a small number of interest-free loans to former beneficiaries who are on the threshold of their careers, to help with the purchase of musical instruments.
- Felicity Belfield Music Trust - Available for music students up to the age of 21 years old.
- Loan Fund for Musical Instruments - Available for professional musicians under the age of 36 years old, for instruments which will be used in public performances.
Below are a number of grants that are available to apply for which can help with the purchase of an instrument.
- Awards for Young People - Can help fund musical instrument purchases for young musicians between the age of 5 and 17 years old.
- Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust - The charity can help towards the funding of a musical instrument for musicians that have reached Grade 8, up to the age of 30.
- EMI Music Sound Foundation - Can offer financial assistance for people in full time education.
- Future Talent - Can offer help and financial support for young people aged 5-18 years old.
- Loan Fund for Musical Instruments (Grants) - Can offer grants for young professional musicians from the beginning of their third year of full time study until two years after the completion of their full time course.
- Royal Philharmonic Society Instrument Purchase Grant - Can provide funding for young musicians who do not own an instrument suitable for professional training, and is open to students of UK Music Conservatories and Colleges of Music.