The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation

Michael Tippett Musical Foundation

Guidelines - unchanged for 2017

A small Foundation with funds from the royalties generated by performances, broadcasts and publication of the works of composer Michael Tippett (1905-98). When he set up the Foundation, Tippett said he wanted the funds to go towards young musicians and composers, not towards promoting his own works. 

As funds are limited the Trustees have decided to focus on one area of musical activity as their single priority, described below.

Key Points

Single priority: 
the development of group music making especially involving young people, with composition central to the project. 
See more: What we might support and What Trustees want to see.  
Size of grants: 
grants may be between £500 - £4,000. The average grant is around £2,000. 
See more: What we might give  
one meeting a year in the autumn, deadline September. 
See more: When to apply  
How to apply: 
short covering letter, project description max 2 single-sided A4 pages, single page project budget. Applications are required in both electronic and paper format. 
See more: Applications should include  
instruments, equipment, recordings, individual study costs, retrospective applications. 
See more: What we cannot support

What we might support

Our single priority is the development of group music making, especially involving young people in projects incorporating composition and creative ideas.

Because of our link with a major composer, the Trustees wish to see composition as central to projects put forward for support. These can include applications from organisations for group projects working with young composers, perhaps at postgraduate or early professional level, offering innovative ways for young composers to develop their talents and experience through engaging with group musical activity.

Grants awarded will be made towards creative musical activity, not instruments or equipment. Projects might be first-time initiatives or the development of existing projects and must be based in the UK.


What Trustees want to see

For an application to be successful the Trustees will pay particular attention to:

What we might give

Grants are likely to be between £500 and £4,000, with the average grant in the region of £2,000. All grants are made on a one-off basis - award of a grant in one year does not carry any probability of repeat funding the following year.  

Because demand is so much greater than the funds available, only a minority of applications can be supported – in 2015 the success rate was one in four applications.  
The Trustees will be cautious about considering a small grant from the Foundation towards a project on a significantly larger budget scale.

When to apply

The Trustees normally hold one meeting a year, in the autumn. In 2017 the deadline for receipt of applications will be 30 September. Projects for consideration should be planned well ahead and not start earlier than December 2017. 

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