EMI Music Sound Foundation


We are currently making adjustments to our application forms in line with new data protection regulations (GDPR) that come into effect on the 25th May. We are sorry the forms are delayed however they will be available to download as soon as possible, with plenty of time to complete and submit applications before the next round of awards are made.

The EMI Music Sound Foundation provides two types of awards: Firstly, the Instrument and/or Equipment awards which allows schools, music teachers and individuals in full time education to apply directly to the Foundation for assistance with the purchase of musical instruments and/or equipment. Secondly, the Bursary awards which allow students at the colleges/organisations detailed below to apply for assistance with fees and/or living expenses (these are handled directly by the college/organisation).

For more details on both awards please see below:

Instrument and Equipment Awards

The Foundation has helped over two thousand schools, individual students and teachers improve their access to music through the purchase or upgrade of musical instruments and equipment

The Foundation provides grants up to a total of £1,500 towards the purchase of musical instruments and/or equipment for individuals who are in full time education and Schools who require the equipment to fund music education. We also fund courses and training opportunities for music teachers who work within schools.

In order to apply for financial support you must complete our application form in full, providing us with the relevant evidence required.
(Please see the application form ‘Completion Instructions’ for more information)

If you have applied before and been successful you are required to wait two Trustee meetings (approx 12 months) before you are able to re-apply. If you are in any doubt about these dates please contact the office.

For further information on how to apply and the deadline for applications to be received for our next Trustees meeting please download a copy of the application form.

Due to the increasingly high volume of applications received for each meeting, if your form is received incomplete in the week of the deadline this may mean that the office does not have the time to contact you to rectify this. Therefore, please ensure that your form is fully completed, with all attachments and ensure that you send it to the office in plenty of time.

Bursary Awards

The Foundation has created vital bursaries at eight music colleges and conservatoires to assist music students in need of financial support. The organisations represent a high standard of traditional, classic and modern music study across the UK.

The Trustees of EMI Music Sound Foundation have awarded funds (£5000 per college annually) as bursaries for music students. We hope to maintain a relationship with every bursary student and follow their continued musical progress beyond study.

The bursaries are distributed at each college’s discretion based on criteria provided by The Foundation. Please contact the colleges direct if you wish to enquire about our bursary (please note this is for fees and living expenss only, if you wish to purchase an instrument and/or equipment please apply directly to the Foundation using the application form).

Organisation: National Children’s Orchestras
Contact: Carrie Sage – 01934 418855

College: BIMM London, Brighton and Bristol
Contact: Josie Blacknell - 08442 646666

College: Irish World Music Centre, Limerick
Contact: Jean Downey - 00 35 361 202 590

College: Birmingham Conservatoire
Contact: David Saint - 0121 331 5901

College: Royal Academy of Music, London
Contact: Sarah Hearne- 020 7873 7428

College: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
Contact: Andrew Healy 029 2039 1339

College: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
Contact: Jules Haston - 0141 270 8264

College: Centre for Young Musicians, London
Contact: Geoff Harniess - 020 7928 3844

College: English National Opera, London
Contact: Andrew Given - 020 7845 9476

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