Music Funding

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Applying for funding from The Classic FM Foundation

The Classic FM Foundation works in long-term partnership with national charities delivering music education and/or music therapy to help some of the most disadvantaged children and adults across the UK.

If you are a charitable organisation who works in either of these fields on a national level and are interested in applying to be our charity partner, please email us at

We sadly are not able to offer funding to individual adults or children, groups schools or non-national charitable causes.  This includes:

Individuals looking to fund

  • Music lessons or purchase of musical instruments
  • Musical studies including further and higher education including books and other materials
  • Music therapy for an individual person or group of people (including children)

Groups and organisations (including schools) looking to fund

  • Music departments of schools and colleges
  • Provision of musical instruments, sheet music etc.
  • Travel costs for amateur or professional music groups

Other Sources of Music Funding

We know it’s often hard to find music funding so we hope you find the links below useful.

Musicians' Benevolent Fund
The Musicians Benevolent Fund’s Funding Wizard can help you identify many of the Music Awards and Scholarships which are available.

Making Music
Making Music has funds for UK-based amateur/voluntary work and general funding information.

The Performing Right Society
The PRS Foundation for New Music (PRSF) is the UK's largest independent funder purely for new music of any genre. Through a variety of schemes it provides essential core support for creators, performers and producers of new music.

Youth Music
Youth Music support & fund music projects, develop music programmes, and provide music-making opportunities for young people across the country. 

Visiting Arts Creative Collaborations
Visiting Arts provide information and intelligence to help people engage in intercultural activity, create opportunities for artists and cultural professionals to explore new connections and expand the skills and knowledge of artists and cultural players

The Music Education Yearbook and British & International Music Yearbook
The Music Education Yearbook and British & International Music have information on music scholarships and education grants (both UK-based & overseas).

The Musicians' Union
The Musicians' Union has some great FAQs for general advice for music artists and promoters about copyright, booking gigs and lots more.

Careers in Music information sheet
ISM has a very detailed downloadable Careers in Music information sheet.

There’s also a website called which has sub-sites providing details of directories they produce giving information on different types of funding sources. You will have to pay to access any directories on-line, but some are available at local reference libraries.

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