Grants for Young Singers and Instrumentalists

GBRT's grant programme provides funding to local young singers and musicians who need assistance with the cost of vocal or instrumental lessons and associated costs.

Grant Application Rules and Information

Eligibility Criteria

Funding is available to young people who:

  • live within 10 miles of Market Harborough, Leicestershire and are a permanent resident in the UK.
  • are attending school in years 4 to 13 in the year of grant receipt, 
  • show particular promise and enthusiasm towards their instrument/singing.
  • require financial assistance to progress on their chosen musical instrument/voice.
  • are learning of one of the following:

  • Woodwind: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon
  • Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba, Euphonium, Cornet
  • Strings: Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass, Harp
  • Other: Piano, Percussion, Harp, Classical Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Voice

Grants are awarded for a full academic year and only assessed once a year, in September.

Documents Required to Apply For a Grant:

The following documents should be sent to the address on the Grant Application Form:

  • A completed, signed Grant Application Form (3 pages)
  • A current passport photograph of the applicant signed and dated on the reverse by your instrumental/vocal teacher or choir/ensemble leader
  • A completed Reference (See Grant Application Form) from the beneficiary’s instrumental/vocal teacher or choir/ensemble leader
  • A copy of the beneficiary’s most recent instrumental/vocal examination comments sheet, where possible
  • A copy of the beneficiary’s most recent instrumental/vocal teacher’s report, where possible.


The beneficiary’s parent/guardian must:

  • agree to these Grant Application Rules and Information
  • be aware of this application and agrees for the details contained to be considered for financial support.
  • confirm that all details provided within the Grant Application Form are, to the best of their knowledge, true and accurate.
  • understand that financial support will be immediately withdrawn if any information provided is found to be either inaccurate or not in the spirit of the Great Bowden Recital Trust.
  • agree, on behalf of the beneficiary, to ensure that all lessons, except in medical circumstances, will be attended promptly to prevent the Trust funding lessons that are not attended. The Trust will request regular attendance reports for all beneficiaries.

The information given will be used for the purpose of processing the application. The Great Bowden Recital Trust is under a duty to protect the funds that it handles and may use the information provided on the form to accurately assess the application and to prevent and detect fraud.

Every effort will be made to encourage the beneficiary to remain/become involved in school and/or county/area choirs or ensembles where places are available.

All correspondence should quote the beneficiary’s name and date of birth and be addressed to:
GBRT, PO Box 10704, Market Harborough LE17 0HL

Application Process

If you fulfil all of these criteria and genuinely need financial assistance to progress with either your instrumental or vocal studies, please read the Grant Application Rules & Information and complete a Grant Application Form in full.

All applicants will be invited to attend an audition where you will be asked to:

  • perform a pre-prepared piece of up to 5 minutes long on the instrument/voice for which you are applying for funding
  • answer a few questions accompanied by your parent or legal guardian.

We will contact you by email after the closing date to let you know your audition time – it is essential that you give us your email address on the application form.

The Trustees will consider each application very carefully and respond in writing within two weeks of the audition advising whether or not your application been successful.

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Registered Charity Number 1118140

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