Music and Sound Funding



Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

All open calls for proposals are listed at: here



Royal Society

Industry Fellowships Scheme

Deadline: June and December


Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS)

RPS Composition Prize

The RPS Composition Prize is supported by the Delius Trust and the RVW Trust

Prizes: £5,000 commission to write for the London Sinfonietta, plus a performance of the commissioned work. £3,000 commission to write a chamber music work for the Cheltenham Festival, plus a performance of the commissioned work

Frequency: annual

Open to: composers under the age of 29 who are studying, or have studied at any conservatoire or university in the UK.

Entrance requirements: a portfolio of three compositions and one tape must be submitted with a completed entry form and the entrance fee of £20 to the RPS office. Proof of age and a letter from your place of study are also required. The entrance fee is waived to RPS Members.

Annual Deadline: 31 March



The PRS Foundation for New Music


The PRS Foundation (PRSF) is now the UK's largest independent funder solely for new music.

Launched in March 2000, PRSF is an independent charity whose overall aims are to support music creators, performers and promoters who are involved in creatively adventurous or pioneering musical activity.

There are a number of different awards available.  Unless stated otherwise, awards are open to all genres of music


Kurt Weill Foundation

Grant Program

Each year the Kurt Weill Foundation Grant Program awards financial support to not-for-profit organizations for performances of Kurt Weill's musical works, to individuals and not-for-profit organizations for scholarly research projects, and to not-for-profit organizations for educational initiatives directly related to Weill and/or Lotte Lenya.

  • Funding Categories
  • Research and Travel
  • Kurt Weill Dissertation Fellowship
  • Publication Assistance
  • Educational Outreach
  • College/University Performance
  • Professional Performance
  • Broadcasts

Applications must be received by 1 November of the calendar year, academic year or cultural season before the project takes place; recipients are notified by 1 February.

Kurt Weill prize

Deadline: April (every 2 years)

The Kurt Weill Prize is awarded for distinguished scholarship in the disciplines of music, theater, dance, literary criticism and history addressing twentieth-century music theater (including opera).




NESTA, The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, aims to pioneer ways of supporting and promoting talent, innovation and creativity in science, technology and the arts. They invest in a diverse range of people, including scientists, engineers, medical practitioners, educators, artists, writers, film-makers and musicians.

NESTA believes that by harnessing original and innovative ideas, the UK's economy can gain a greater competitive edge. But, as an investor, NESTA is not only commercial but also creative in its focus. For them, the cultural and social benefits of a project can be just as important as the financial.

Calls are for specific areas of research



Arts Council

Grants for the Arts

No deadline

Grants for the arts are for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. They are for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities, and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work. Grants for the arts is funded by the National Lottery.



Esmee Fairbairn Foundation 


The Foundation supports research only when they consider it has a practical application.  The Arts is one of the topic areas covered by the Main Fund.

Applications have to be made by a charity or not-for-profit organisation.




Equipped with a budget of 400 million euro MEDIA brings support both before and after production. MEDIA co-finances training initiatives for audiovisual industry professionals, the development of production projects (feature films, television drama, documentaries, animation and new media), as well as the distribution and promotion of European audiovisual works



NAMM Foundation (formerly International Foundation for Music Research)

Research Grants

The NAMM Foundation provides support for projects that explore the impact of active music making during various stages of life and on human experience and conditions. The Foundation then promotes this research through the media to educate people of all ages about the proven benefits of playing music.

Applications are not being considered for this programme at the moment



International Fund for the Promotion of Culture projects

Suspended until further notice. 


Avenir Foundation 

Research Grants

Deadline: None

The Arnold Schönberg Center Private Foundation has established Research Grants to encourage scholarly and archival research at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna. Grant recipients will work at the Arnold Schönberg Center on projects which relate directly to the life and work of Arnold Schönberg.

A Grant lasts for two weeks and covers transport, accommodation and use of the library and archive at the centre



Wellcome Trust

Arts Awards

Deadline: see website

The Wellcome Trust believes the arts are an effective way of stimulating debate and engaging people with biomedical science. Visual art, music, moving image, creative writing and performance can reach new audiences which may not traditionally be interested in science and provide new ways of thinking about the social, cultural and ethical issues around contemporary science. Collaborative and interdisciplinary practice across the arts and sciences can help to provide new perspectives on both fields. The arts can also provide imaginative ways of engaging and educating young people in the field of science.

The Arts Awards support projects that engage the public with biomedical science through the arts.



Leverhulme Trust

Arts Bursaries

Training Bursaries
These awards provide bursaries or scholarships for highly talented students who are receiving training in the fine and performing arts. Grants are made in the form of support for maintenance, training and professional development. The selection and nomination of students is the responsibility of the arts training organisation concerned, and their nomination should be based upon a combination of outstanding talent, potential and their financial need.

Mentorship Bursaries
Mentorship awards are normally offered to institutions wishing to encourage postgraduate students to develop their teaching and administrative skills in partnership with their younger peers. All Mentorship Bursaries must be held at the training organisation concerned.

Collaborative Arts Bursaries
Awards are available to facilitate original artistic collaborations between two or more arts training institutions which lead either to a performance or an exhibition. The proposed collaborative activity must be the sole responsibility of the applying institutions, with all administrative and organisational aspects being handled by them




Culture 2007

The Culture Programme has been established to enhance the cultural area shared by Europeans, which is based on a common cultural heritage, through the development of cooperation activities among cultural operators from eligible countries, with a view to encouraging the emergence of European citizenship.

The Programme is aimed at three specific objectives:

  • promotion of the trans-national mobility of people working in the cultural sector,
  • support for the trans-national circulation of cultural and artistic works and products,
  • promotion of inter-cultural dialogue.

The Programme has a flexible, interdisciplinary approach and is focussed on the needs expressed by cultural operators during the public consultations leading up to its design.

The detailed conditions for application can be found in the Culture Programme Guide on the following websites:

Directorate-General for Education and Culture

Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency


Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (Sempre)


Aubrey Hickman Award

The Aubrey Hickman Award is intended to promote original research from new workers in the field. £500 biennially.

The Gerry Farrell Travelling Scholarships

The Gerry Farrell Scholarships are intended to support travel in pursuit of identified research objectives in the UK or abroad through the payment of or a contribution towards the costs of travel and subsistence. Eight scholarships totalling up to £3,700 per annum.

The Arnold Bentley New Initiatives Fund

The Arnold Bentley Fund exists to support new, interdisciplinary initiatives concerned with the advancement or promotion of research in the psychology of music or music education. Examples may include support towards a project, conference, seminar, workshop, exhibition or publication that is particularly innovative or pioneering. Up to five awards per annum totalling up to £2,500.

The SEMPRE Lifetime Achievement Award

The SEMPRE Lifetime Achievement Award is intended to enable the recipient to undertake or complete research of their choice, which may lead to its presentation at a SEMPRE conference or submission for publication in 'Psychology of Music' or both. Up to £1,000 per award.

The SEMPRE Conference Awards

The SEMPRE Conference Awards are intended to enable full-time students or part-timers who are non wage earners to attend one of the Society's conferences, particularly the biennial two-day conference, through meeting the fee and the costs of travel and subsistence. Awards totalling up to £1,000 biennially.



Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation


The Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation is dedicated to encouraging the entry of talented students into the profession of audio engineering and related fields. Since its establishment in 1984, the Foundation has awarded grants for graduate studies to exceptional applicants, many of whom have gone on to prominent and successful careers in the profession. Applications are accepted from students worldwide.

Completed applications and renewal requests will be accepted at the Foundation offices from March 15, but not later than May 15. Awards are made annually in August


Music and Letters Trust


The Music & Letters Trust makes awards twice a year, in January and July, in order to support musical research. Sums awarded recently have ranged from £50 to £1500, with most falling between £250 and £750. Support has been given for the obtaining of research materials (such as photographs and microfilms), editorial costs (e.g. translations, reproduction rights), and expenses for research trips and conference attendance, as well as costs associated with conference organization.

Applications should be made by email to the Secretary to the Music & Letters Trust, Mr Peter Wilton ( The deadlines for the January and July awards are 15 November and 15 May respectively.

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