National organisations funding the arts/libraries/museums, including open-application programmes. Usually applicants must reside within the region of application, however, there is an agreement that that 15% of grant funding for any project may be applied in another region – i.e. for touring.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Arts Council England

Arts Council of Wales

Creative Scotland


(Also see Young People, Education & Talent Development)

Arts Council England

National Lottery Project Grants – funding can be sought for programming, assistance with research and development, creating new work for production or touring, training, mentoring and continuing professional development, and business and market development.

Developing Your Creative Practice – supports the development of independent creative practitioners

Online ‘Other Sources of Funding’

Help Musicians UK

The leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement. It offers advice and practical help at times of crisis for musicians and also offers grants, opportunities and advice through its own schemes to talented musicians in the final stages of training and the first few years of working professionally. It regularly updates its own music-focused funding wizard with over 100 opportunities listed. (Also see Music Industry & Advocacy)

PRS Foundation (PRSF)

The UK’s leading funder of new music, supporting music programmers, organisations and music creators of all genres through a wide variety of funding schemes, partnership programmes and flagship initiatives, including, Open Fund, Composers Fund, Women Make Music and Momentum.

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