The made, not born fund

We’re provinding grants to empower UK state secondary schools to recognise the talent of the students and improve the resourcing of their department.

What is the made,
not born fund?

We believe that great musicians are made, not born. So we’ve launched a fund to empower state secondary schools to make positive changes to their music departments.

If you’re a teacher you can apply for up to £500 for your department and students.

Types of projects

The made, not born fund will consider any project that facilitates the musical development of a state secondary schoold department or its students.

This might include taking students to concerts, running workshops or purchasing vital music equipment.


Who is eligible to apply?

The fund is open to all state secondary school music departments across England.

How much funding can I apply for?

Each music department can apply for up to £500.

How do I apply?

To apply, complete the application form on this page.

How are the winners of the fund decided?

Applications will be blind, with the names of schools removed to ensure fairness.

When is the deadline?

The deadline for the first round of funding will be 14th November 2022.

When/where are the winners announced?

We expect to announce winners in January 2023.

Is there an application fee?

No. It’s free to apply.

Can multiple schools within one trust apply for the fund?

Yes. But each school can only apply once.

If I am unsuccessful in the first funding round, will there be a chance for me to reapply?

Yes. Following a successful pilot, we hope to welcome applications in further funding rounds.

Application form

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