Music education

Music education

Wolfson Music Awards

The Wolfson Music Awards programme supports formal music education at nine conservatoires across the UK. The programme, which has run since the late 1980s, provides scholarships for young (secondary school-age) musicians in the junior departments of musical conservatoires across the UK. Recipients are selected on the grounds of both financial need and their musical ability.

Under this programme, we also fund the purchase of instruments for undergraduates, particularly those with a clear interest and aptitude for a performing career at the highest level.

The programme aims to support our main capital funding by helping talented individuals access high quality musical training - individuals who may go on to become the future performers with those artistic companies that benefit from our capital grants programme.

This is a targeted, partnership programme that is not open to general applicants via this site. For further information, including eligibility, contact the relevant conservatoire. The institutions taking part in the programme are: Birmingham Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Leeds College of MusicRoyal Northern College of Music, Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Music bursaries

The Wolfson Foundation provides funding to the National Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Choirs to provide bursaries to assist talented young musicians to access high quality music training.

In keeping with our strategy across other programme areas, we see working with those organisations that have a clear track record of excellence as an important way of supporting our infrastructure funding. In this case, we aim to support talented musicians who may be the future performers with artistic companies across the country for whom we provide capital funds toward new concert halls, theatres and equipment.

This is a targeted, partnership programme that is not open to general applicants via this site. For further information on the bursaries, including eligibility, contact the relevant partner organisation. Bursaries are currently run with the National Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Choirs.