It can be very tough for young musicians to get themselves started in a career in classical music, which is why we here at the Two Moors Festival offer them as much support as we can, whether this be through school workshops, our Young Musicians Competition or by involving them in concerts that the festival puts on as part of the main-two week event in October (such as Noye’s Fludde, which is taking place this year).
One avenue for funding that is open to young musicians in the UK is the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS), which provides all sorts of help to young people in furthering their careers, not just financial but a range of advice on lots of topics, from buying their own instruments to studying abroad.
It offers a variety of prizes in numerous categories, with money available in the form of commissions for young composers, grants for organists and competition prizes for violinists, among others. What is promising for young musicians is that, even in these difficult financial times, the RPS has awarded grants totalling £81,000 this year to music students, composers and instrumentalists – which in the face of the tough economic climate and the rise in university tuition fees certainly is good news.
“If classical is to have a healthy, vibrant future, then we all need to support talented young musicians,” executive director of the RPS Rosemary Johnson said. “In making these awards, the Royal Philharmonic Society recognises this, but in doing so, we are also painfully aware that need far outstrips the small amount we can offer.”
If you are about to start looking for funding or competitions to enter to give you a boost both financially and in terms of your musical profile, the RPS could be a good choice – although we’re sure we don’t have to tell you how competitive it is! Good luck!