Welcome to the RVW Trust

supporting British music since 1956

The RVW Trust is one of the most significant sources of funding for contemporary and recent music in the UK. The trust was established by the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) and it continues to fulfil the purposes he intended by supporting the work of British composers.

What we do

We support the performance, creation and recording of music by professional British composers of current or recent generations (or those entering the profession).

Applications from individuals, ensembles, organisations and recording companies are considered three times per year. The deadline for our next meeting is 1 May 2020

How to apply

Postgraduate studyVaughan Williams Bursaries

We award bursaries each year to British composers who have been accepted to study composition on Masters’ courses at British universities or conservatoires. Applications are currently open and the application deadline is 1 May 2020.

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Latest news

Vaughan Williams Bursaries

Congratulations to the five young composers who have been awarded 2019 Vaughan Williams Bursaries for Postgraduate Study.

Each composer receives £4000 towards their Masters studies in composition. From left to right they are Harriet Grainger (Royal College of Music), Thomas Vaughan Jones (Royal Academy of Music), Luciano Williamson (Royal Welsh Academy of Music and Drama), Joanna Ward (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and James Batty (Royal Academy of Music).

Find out more about the VW Bursaries