This information is for all applicants (except those applying for post graduate funding.) Applicants for post grad funding, please read the information and use the application form available on our postgrad page.
This guide sets out the information which applicants for grants must provide. It should be read alongside the statement of current grant-making policy. If you are in any doubt about the eligibility of your application, or have any questions about how to apply, please contact the Trust office before submitting it.
MUSIC FESTIVALS, COMMISSIONING, PERFORMING PROJECTS (which may also include commission costs if appropriate):
Things to include in this summary:
Information about the key repertoire; the names of ensembles/soloists taking part; any other key partners or participants; the principal performance date(s) and venues.
If you are applying to commission a new work, you must specify the duration and instrumentation of the piece and list at least two guaranteed performance dates.
The Trustees will also be interested to know how this project fits with your artistic objectives as well as how you intend to attract your audience.
Things to include in this summary:
Information about the key repertoire; the names of ensembles/soloists; any other important partners or participants; information about the recording venue.
Details of pressing size, distribution and marketing.
Recording and release dates. Grants will generally be made on release of a recording.
If you are applying to make a privately made recording, where an outside recording company is engaged only to manufacture and/or distribute, but bears no costs of the recording, you must name the recording company and demonstrate that you have their agreement to participate in the project.
On the income side it is helpful for us to be able to see clearly:
a) how much you can contribute from your existing or core resources
b) how much you anticipate the event will earn (eg income from ticket sales and advertising)
c) how much additional funding from other sources is already confirmed*
d) how much you hope to raise from applications/initiatives which are currently pending*+
e) how much you hope to raise from applications/initiatives which have not yet been submitted*+
* Please identify the sources of this funding eg: Arts Council, named grant makers or trusts, commercial sponsors, individual donors, crowd funding projects etc
+ This information should be updated after the application is submitted, for instance as applications to other grant makers are approved or rejected.
The Trust will usually only fund up to 50% of the cost of any event. If you have not yet raised 50% you may still apply, but any grant from the Trust will be contingent upon your raising the balance from other sources.
Significant changes to your project must be notified to the Trust immediately and, particularly in the case of changes in repertoire, may result in a grant being withdrawn or modified.
The Trustees usually meet three times a year, in February, June and October, to consider applications: Applications for consideration at these meetings should reach the Administrator by 2 January, 1 May or 1 September.
Prospective applicants are advised to check the exact meeting deadlines in plenty of time. The Trustees do not consider applications between meetings nor do they make retrospective grants. It is never too early to submit an application and the Trustees are happy to consider applications for any event well in advance of its planned date(s).
Email applications are preferred, large files can be uploaded via We Transfer. Any documents you are not able to send electronically can be posted with a copy of your cover form.
The RVW Trust is funded by performance royalties from Ralph Vaughan Williams's music. To enable the Trust to continue its work beyond 2028, when most of Vaughan Williams's music comes out of copyright, the Trustees have decided to set part of its income aside each year in order to build up reserves towards that point. It is therefore likely that the number and size of future grants will reflect this.
The RVW Trust does not use your data for any other purpose than assessing your application for funding; we do not share it with third parties. In making your funding application, you agree that it can be used for this purpose. If you do not agree to this, please inform us in writing when you make your application. If you have any queries regarding the personal information we hold about you, please address them to the Administrator, at the address below.
All correspondence should be addressed to:
13 Calico Row
London SW11 3YH
Tel. 020 7223 3385 Email firstname.lastname@example.org