The Musicians Benevolent Fund has been providing an expert, individually bespoke service to musicians since 1921.
Current and retired professional musicians which the trust defines as anyone who performs, creates or teaches music, has earned their living in this way or in a music related profession for at least three years, who are in need and their dependents. People who are just starting out in the music business may be helped. People such as piano tuners, orchestra managers, recording engineers, instrument makers, music librarians and critics are also helped.
Type of grants
Grants range from small single payments for items such as telephones and TV licences to more substantial sums to help with medical costs, re-training, motoring and holiday costs. Regular grants are also available to support, for example, individuals in residential care. The fund will occasionally offer loans to assist with paying off debts or house adaptations.
On a form available on request by calling the free helpline number: 0800 082 6700. Applications should be submitted directly by the individual and can be considered at any time. Potential beneficiaries are usually visited to discuss their circumstances and specific needs.
The fund also provides educational grants for outstanding young musicians towards the cost of their musical development.