Funding Grants Available for the UK Jazz Industry

Without the financial assistance from various funding bodies most of the current high profile UK jazz musicians on the scene would have struggled to get their careers off the ground.  Despite the government cut-backs resulting in a domino-effect of less money resulting in fewer jazz venues ergo fewer gigs…. at least the supply of funding grants hasn’t completely dried-up though admittedly there’s more competition for smaller pots.  However I’m always amazed when jazz artists tell me that they’ve never applied for funding nor know how to go about it. Funding typically helps out with expenses associated with travelling, accommodation, marketing and promotion (very important), shortfalls for low gig fees and in some cases recording. Below are a few funding agencies and I’m sure that these are only a fraction of what’s on offer if you dig around. Jazz Services is a great place to start – not only for tour-support funding but also for information about other funding avenues, qualifications for funding and even advice about how to fill out the application forms – many of which are completed on-line.

Major UK Jazz Funding Providers

In addition to funding tours Jazz Services promotes the growth and development of jazz by offering services in information, education, touring, communications, marketing and publishing.

Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts. Great art inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves, and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

The PRS Foundation is now the UK’s largest independent funder solely for new music of any genre. Launched in March 2000, PRS Foundation (PRSF) is an independent charity Its main aims are to encourage, promote and stimulate the creation and performance of all genres of music and to help people have a positive experience of new music. Since its launch at Abbey Road studios in March 2000, PRSF has assisted over 800 organisations to the tune of nearly £4 million, supporting a diverse range of new music activities, including many unique and ground-breaking projects and collaborations. In addition, PRSF actively supports new music projects throughout the UK, which help to inspire musical creativity in young people. It does this through a wide range of funding schemes which each have their own application forms (all available from the website) and deadlines staggered throughout the year. The PRS Foundation prides itself on being a model of good practice within the arts funding system, with simple application forms, a fast turn around on decision-making and an open door policy.

Other Funders

As long as your project is in Scotland and you’re using Scottish venues, outlets etc then you can apply to Creative Scotland who has a comprehensive funding scheme.

The Jerwood Foundation works with professional artists across art forms, offering project and programme funding prioritising the development of talented and dedicated individuals at transitional stages of their careers.


Help Musicians UK is the leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust

Assistance available for UK musicians towards fees.
Contact: Registrar’s Office, box 1020, Station 28, 107 tunnell Mountain Drive, Banff, Alberta, Canada, T1L 1H5.
Tel: (403) 762 6170    Email:

Funding for musicians of all ages in England.
Apply: R.M. Robinson, Messrs Dixon Ward, 16 The Green, Richmond,
Surrey, TW9 1QD.

Produces computer software to help individuals & organisations find appropriate trusts.
Details: 65 Raglan Road, Leeds, LS2 9DZ.
Tel:             0113 243 3008       Fax: 0113 243 2966 Email:


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