Musical Grants Now Available

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Adults Across Hampshire Can Access Funding for Musical Studies and Projects

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is delighted to announce that grants of up to £600 are now available for Hampshire adults seeking to improve their musical skills and abilities.

The Dayas Music Scholarship will enable musicians to undertake studies or projects in connection with composition, conducting, instrumental performance, singing, music education and musicology.

Grants are aimed at those who are undertaking musical tuition, particularly where they are providing a benefit to the community such as performances in local hospitals, schools or other community events. Grants can also assist with the expenses involved with making a recording or hiring a performance venue.

The scholarship was originally established in 1978 by Mrs Hayton (nee Dayas), who left a sum of money in her Will to create a perpetual music scholarship to support study of all genres of music and to this day the fund still holds a preference for pianoforte study, should it become oversubscribed. In 2017, the fund was transferred from Hampshire County Council, enabling HIWCF to expand its reach into the community to support those less fortunate wishing to improve their musical abilities.

Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive at HIWCF commented “Community Foundations have an extremely good reputation for the effective management of charitable funds and legacies in order to maximise their impact at local level and I am pleased that HIWCF is able to work closely with Hampshire County Council to ensure that grants continue to be made in line with the original wishes and objectives of those leaving a legacy.”

Previously, grants have supported local people such as Mary Anne Beames, who had been singing in her local community choir, when the choir conductor had to give up due to poor health. Mary Anne was keen to take over, and a grant of £400 enabled her to complete a ‘Leading the Singing Foundation Course’. The extra tuition gave Mary Anne the confidence to take over leadership of the choir, who now have over 40 members and enjoy performing out in their local community.

HIWCF are the largest philanthropic grant-making organisation working exclusively across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth, distributing grants of over £1.1 million last year. The Foundation continuously reviews grant-making to ensure that it focuses on the areas of greatest need and last year HIWCF was able to target 70% of our £1.1m grant spend on the 50% most deprived wards in our area.

Applicants should apply for grants through the HIWCF website, from 26th July to 23rd August 2019: http://www.hiwcf.com/grants/