MUSICAL SOCIETIES

The Trust supports three kinds of musical society: -

  • amateur choirs, orchestras and operatic societies (performing)

  • other societies organising amateur music festivals and competitions (organising)

  • conservatoires etc having a partnership with the Trust under which we provide funding for scholarships and bursaries for promising young musicians (partnerships)

The Trust usually provides support through an annual grant. Societies receiving a grant should show it as a separate item in their accounts and not share it with third parties. Trust support should be acknowledged in promotional material and programmes; versions of our logo are available for this purpose.


PERFORMING SOCIETIES
Your society is expected to be well-managed and, as far as possible, self-supporting. In planning each season’s programme, you will want to maintain a balance between performing a wide variety of classical music and offering music the public is willing to pay to hear, and between the use of purpose-built (but more expensive) concert halls and alternative venues, such as churches, which are cheaper and often closer to the society’s base and potential audience. The Trust appreciates that professional soloists enhance the quality of concerts but add to costs; consideration should be given to using young local singers and instrumentalists, giving them an opportunity to promote their careers.


ORGANISING SOCIETIES
The Trust supports musical societies in Surrey organising classical music festivals, providing them with prizes and other financial support to encourage talented young musicians to take their skills to a higher level.


PARTNERSHIPS
The Trust funds scholarships and bursaries in support of highly talented young musicians attending the Royal College of Music and a limited number of other national institutions preparing gifted young musicians for a career in music. The Trustees have no plans at present to extend their number of partnerships.

 

HOW TO APPLY
Applications should be no more than six pages long, including single-page spreadsheets, and should be sent by email as soon as practicable after the end of your financial year. They should include: -

  • a note about the society highlighting four key figures, extracted from your accounts, of gross income, gross expenditure, consequent surplus/deficit, and reserves

  • a short version of your accounts (provisional if not yet audited)

  • the amount you are requesting from the Trust.

Societies: - in addition, a breakdown of income and expenditure by concert/festival showing venues and total for the whole season
                - your budget and programme for the coming season, again by concert

Partners: the initial application will be in principle. When the Trustees have agreed it, it should be followed by a more detailed breakdown by recipient(s), music specialism and year of study. Once the award has been agreed at this stage it will be transferred immediately.

Contact: Mr B M Bennett, Administrator - hrtaylortrust@btconnect.com