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The Arts Council

The Arts Council gives grants to individuals and organisations. For more information phone 0845 300 6200.

The Elephant Trust

Funding of up to £2,000 is available from the Elephant Trust to help artists and institutions develop and improve their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of fine arts in the UK.

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST)

QEST has scholarships of between £1,000 and £18,000 available to individuals for improving their knowledge of a wide range of modern and traditional crafts. Applicants must be living and working permanently in the UK, already have skills in their craft and be firmly committed to their craft or trade. For more information phone 020 7898 1535.

Awards for Young Musicians

Awards for Young Musicians makes awards of between £200 and £2,000, based on evidence of musical talent and financial need. For more information phone 0117 9049906.

The BBC Performing Arts Fund

The BBC Performing Arts Fund has grants available to help aspiring music-makers and performers looking for a way to get ahead. 

The Performing Right Society Foundation

Grants are available twice a year from the Performing Right Society Foundation for performance groups based in the UK, including duos, bands and symphony orchestras, who perform together in public regularly. The scheme is to support sustained activity rather than one-off performances.

The Fidelio Charitable Trust

The Fidelio Charitable Trust has funding available for the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance. Institutions, colleges, arts festivals and other arts organisations can apply, along with selected individuals (who are not seeking support for themselves).

The European Cultural Fund

Grants of up to £60,000 are available from the European Cultural Fund to cultural organisations and individual artists and their partners from other eligible European countries. The programme supports outstanding artistic projects which show vision in illuminating the issues of diversity in Europe.