The Radcliffe Trust supports classical music performance and training, especially chamber music, composition and music education. Particular interests within music education are music for children and adults with special needs, youth orchestras and projects at secondary and higher levels, including academic research. The Trustees respond to applications and also initiate their own projects.

Applications are considered under eight headings;

  • composition and contemporary music
  • bursaries for courses and summer schools; limited to U.K. based students
  • music therapy / special needs
  • academic research / projects
  • youth orchestras
  • performance projects
  • educational projects
  • miscellaneous

The Music scheme does not support;

  • operating costs
  • competitions
  • capital projects

The application will be forwarded to the Trust’s Music Adviser, Mrs. Sally Carter. If appropriate, she will then submit it for assessment by a panel of music experts. They, in turn, will make recommendations to the Trustees. Applicants will be informed if their requests have been recommended to the Trustees. The Trustees’ decision will be made known as soon as possible after their meeting.

To submit an application, please click here.

  1. I would like to make an application on behalf of a Quartet or Ensemble; is that possible?

    • We do accept applications from Quartets and Ensembles for Music Scheme applications.
  2. My project could fit into more than one category within the Music Scheme, what should I put?

    • Select the category most closely matching your project and if the Adviser wishes to reassign the category he or she will do so. There is no restriction on the number of applications accepted within any particular category; this is used to help us assess the variety of applications we receive.

The terms and conditions of awards made by The Radcliffe Trust are as follows;

  1. The grant is made only for the purposes agreed by the Trust and awards are based upon the information supplied in the application.
  2. Beneficiaries must request the Trust’s permission before implementing any variations. The Trust reserves the right to claim back any grant or part of a grant which has not been used for the purposes agreed.
  3. Beneficiaries must inform the Trust of any underspend in a grant and any decision to claim back the grant or any part of a grant shall be at the sole discretion of the Trust.
  4. Organisations must keep proper and up-to-date records and accounts that show how the grant is being used. The financial records should be available to representatives of the Trust for inspection at reasonable notice.
  5. Grants should be spent within one year of being awarded, unless otherwise agreed.
  6. Grant recipients must acknowledge the support of the Trust in any reports, presentations or promotional material related to their funded project.
  7. Organisations and individuals will be expected to repay grants if they are found to have acted fraudulently or negligently. Any inaccurate disclosure or failure to disclose relevant information requested, will be grounds for seeking immediate repayment of any grant made. Any decision to claim back the grant or any part of the grant shall be at the sole discretion of the Trust.
  8. The grant is for the use of a particular organisation and must not be given, or transferred, to any third party.
  9. Any grant awarded cannot be used to pay for expenditure incurred or committed prior to the date of the grant notification letter.
  10. The payment of any instalment of a grant is conditional upon funds being available to make that payment.