Update on Applications
The Richard Ely Trust for Young Musicians is in the process of transferring its assets to a larger charity, to enable us to continue providing funds for young musicians in Dorset. Please note that applications are now on hold until the near future. We hope to complete the process as soon as possible so please bear with us during this time. We hope you are all keeping safe and well and continue to enjoy music making (even if it is remotely), during this challenging time.
Applying for a Grant
The Richard Ely Trust for Young Musicians was set up to support young people who wish to pursue an interest in music. One way in which we do this is by giving grants towards the expenses of young people who are engaged in musical studies and activities and are suffering financial hardship. Examples of such expenses would include instrumental or vocal tuition, attendance on a course of study, or membership of a performing group.
In order to qualify for assistance from the Trust you will need to satisfy the following requirements.
- You must be below the age of 21 at the time of making your application. If you are given assistance by the Trust in respect of an activity or course of study which will finish just after your 21st birthday, the Trustees may at their discretion extend the assistance to cover the full term of the activity or course. Please note that if the Trust receives more applications than it is able to grant, other things being equal preference will be given to supporting applicants below the age of 18.
- You must live in, or be educated in, the area of Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.
- You must be following, or intending to follow, a course of musical education or individual performance tuition; OR you must be a practising musician.
- You must provide evidence of financial need in the form required by the Trust.
- You must explain how the grant will be used and how it will contribute to your musical development, and you must agree to provide a report for the Trustees at a time they will specify on the benefits you obtained from the grant. Please note that this report may be used by the Trust for publicity purposes, and successful applicants may be invited to assist the Trust in its charitable activities in the future.
- You must complete an online application form and attach a teacher’s report or a class teacher’s letter endorsing the application.
Although it is important that you understand these formal grant requirements, you should not be put off from applying if you think you have a case. The Trustees wish to help as many young people as possible within the terms of the Trust, and sympathetic advice is always available if you are uncertain whether to apply. In particular you should note that the Trust supports music in all its many forms, and no one kind of musical activity will have priority over any other.
All applications, where possible, should be made online via Airtable (see link) or on our standard form, together with a teachers report or an endorsing class teachers letter. We consider applications at fixed points three times a year. The deadlines for the receipt of applications are the 30th June for grants starting in September (autumn term), 30th September for grants starting in January (spring term) and 31st December for grants starter after Easter (summer term). Any application received after a deadline will be automatically brought forward for consideration in the next cycle.
“My name is Ellie and I started learning to play the violin in group sessions at my primary school when I was seven. The Richard Ely Trust has paid for me to receive individual tuition, and now I am working towards my Grade 4. Their support has given me lots wonderful opportunities to perform, improved my confidence so much, and made me more determined to become a better player. Learning to play an instrument is one of the best things you can do, it is hard at times, but so rewarding; my violin makes me smile, we have been through a lot together!”