Experience needed to make an application

Applications will be assessed against the applicant's experience in the following areas (as evidenced in the application):

  • a track record of grant/bursary giving on a national scale
  • close contact with and a detailed and developed understanding of the commercial music industry
  • a proven track record of gaining national profile for new grant schemes
  • a proven track record of attracting applications from a broad demographic and geographical spread of artists and bands in the commercial music sector
  • a proven track record of levering funds from a variety of sources for grant schemes
  • a proven track record of monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the effectiveness of grant giving schemes


To be eligible to submit an application you must:

1.   be an existing grant giving organisation
2.   have a registered office in England
3.   produce  externally audited accounts
4.  produce, if requested, financial statements  covering the preceding three financial years
5.   have systems in place to deal with the prevention of fraud
6.   have processes in place to handle conflicts of interests
7.  be properly constituted as an organisation and able to make available copies of your governance documentation if requested. This includes:

  • limited companies registered at Companies House
  • community interest companies (CIC) registered with the CIC regulator
  • charities or trusts registered with the Charity Commission
  • limited liability partnerships registered at Companies House
  • partnerships established under a Deed of Partnership
  • industrial and provident societies or community benefit societies subject to regulation by the Financial Services Authority (FSA)
  • Royal Charter companies
  • statutory bodies

For full information on eligibility and the application process (now closed) download the funding guidance