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Application Process

Music for All’s funding round 2 is NOW OPEN!

We’re delighted to be offering financial support to community projects and individuals in the categories below.

Please read the eligibility criteria and instructions carefully before applying. For further information and FAQs see here.

Applications for these awards categories should be made by 8am on 1 July 2024.

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Available grants

This annual award is for state schools (primary and secondary) with either an established school orchestra or aspiring to establish an orchestra. The award should be used to create a self-sustaining environment enabling more pupils to access music making. Applicants for this award will need to demonstrate how the award will expand their existing music education programme and how it would potentially improve whole school music provision. A grant of up to £8,000 is available for this award.

This award is for community-based groups providing opportunities to make music to children and young-people aged between 4-11. We welcome applications from groups operating in caring as well as more formal educational settings. Choirs are welcome to apply. A grant of up to £2000 is available for this award. Applicants should be able to demonstrate ways in which they nurture underprivileged young talent through their work.

This award is open to community-based groups supporting those with chronic diseases and conditions affecting quality of life. A grant of up to £2000 is available for this award. This includes but is not limited to Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Motor Neuron disease. Applicants for this award will need to demonstrate how music is used within their project work and where possible, be able to illustrate previous examples of their work as well as illustrate how funds will be used to support music-making for the group.

This award is open to community group applicants, providing music making opportunities to those experiencing mental health challenges and/or affected by loneliness/isolation. Applicants for this award will need to demonstrate how music is used within their project work and be able to illustrate previous successful examples. Your application should also demonstrate how funds will be used to provide meaningful and positive support for their group and enable active participation in music-making. A grant of up to £2000 is available for this award.

This award is for community-based groups providing music-making opportunities working with communities from the global majority. A grant of up to £2000 is available for this award. Applicants should be able to demonstrate ways in which they nurture disadvantaged individuals through music-making opportunities.

This award is open to community groups providing music making opportunities to those with physical mobility, coordination and/or accessibility needs. A grant of up to £2000 is available for this award for community projects and £800 is available for individuals in this award. Applicants for this award will need to demonstrate how music is used within their project work and where possible, be able to illustrate previous examples as well as illustrate how funds will be used to remove barriers to support music-making for the group.

Music for All are collaborating with The Knoydart Songwriting Retreat CIC who host residential retreats for songwriters on the remote peninsula of Knoydart on Scotland’s west coast. This is an incredible opportunity to step away from life’s distractions, providing a unique environment for songwriters to fully immerse in their writing by working closely with award-winning mentors.

The award offers two free places to The Knoydart Retreat’s September 2024 songwriting between 23-27 September 2024 with Boo Hewerdine.

These retreats are for songwriters with previous experience (not beginners) who are seeking mentorship and inspiration from their Writers in Residence, looking for collaborations with like-minded musicians, keen to develop their writing skills, looking to increase their current catalogue of songs, or need guidance and support in understanding the music industry and how best to progress.

Although the songwriting retreat is for one week, the relationships and support offered by The Knoydart Songwriting Retreat CIC surpasses this so prospective attendees should be prepared to remain engaged after the retreat, potentially reach out to collaborate with fellow attendees, as well as provide regular updates for The Knoydart Songwriting Retreat CIC and The Knoydart Retreat to share on their social media platforms and website.

Age: 25 – 65+

NOTE: Regrettably, The Knoydart Retreat is unable to accommodate attendees with underlying mental disorders due to lack of capacity and resources within the mentoring and staff team.

In addition to providing evidence of financial hardship, applicants will need to provide three examples of their songwriting (via website, Soundcloud, YouTube). You must also provide evidence of your own self-promotion through social media channels.

Find out more about The Knoydart Songwriting Retreat CIC by visiting their website pages: https://www.theknoydartretreat.com

Alternative funding

Should you find the grants on offer in this round unsuitable for your needs or you do not meet the eligibility criteria for Music for All funding a ‘Funding Wizard’ resource is available on the Help Musicians website. Help Musicians UK is a leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres and age-groups. 

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