FUNDING FOR INSTRUMENTS
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.