Grants for Music Lessons

GBRT's grant programme provides funding to local young singers and instrumentalists who need assistance with the cost of their lessons.

Eligibility Criteria

Funding is available to young people who:

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


The beneficiary’s parent/guardian must:

The information given will be used for the purpose of processing the application. 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 LE16 0HL.

How to Apply

Please read the information above and if you fulfil all of these criteria and genuinely need financial assistance to progress with either your instrumental or vocal studies:

Complete and digitally sign the online grant application form

Ask your instrumental or singing teacher to sign the back of a recent passport photograph of the applicant and bring this with you to your audition (new applicants only)

Ask your instrumental or singing teacher to complete the teacher reference form

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 which can be unaccompanied or with a backing track on CD/MP3

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.

Application Form

Teacher Reference Form

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