External funding

Many students will attempt to seek funds from organisations other than the Conservatoire and those charitable trusts, companies and businesses that it deals with directly.  If you would like to apply for additional funds from external organisations please see the individual webpages listed by country or region (England, Wales, Scotland/EU, Northern Ireland or International) as well as the list of resources and websites below:

Dewar Arts Awards

The Dewar Awards fund exceptional young artists in any discipline who do not have the financial means to achieve their full potential.  To be eligible you must be:

  • Under the age of 30
  • Live or work in Scotland (non-UK students can apply using their Scottish postal address)
  • Demonstrate outstanding talent in any art form
  • Without the financial means to achieve their full potential

For further information go to http://www.dewarawards.org/home


Paul Hamlyn Foundation

This is a funding directory for visual artists and composers. The website was created to provide a portal for information on funding opportunities for individual artists and composers. http://fundingforartists.org.uk/

The Stanley Picker Trust

The Stanley Picker Trust provides a range of grants, scholarships and bursaries to assist students in the fields of fine and performing arts.  The trustees meet in April/May each year to make awards to assist students with their studies for the academic year starting on the following 1st September. Applications must be made in writing to the address below between 1st January and 31st March in order to be considered for the year beginning on the following September 1st.

The Administrator
Stanley Picker Trust
PO Box 1532
Kingston Upon Thames

An application should include a full curriculum vitae, details and proof of the course and institution to be attended, an academic and personal reference and a financial case for assistance


The Grants Register 2012 (Palgrave MacMillan 2011), The Directory of Grant Making Trusts 2012/13 (DSC) and the Charities Digest 2012 (Waterlow Information Services)

Available in the UK through local libraries

Help Musicians UK Funding Wizard can be accessed here

There are a number of organisations who operate searchable funding databases such as: