Music & Drama Access Fund

Please note that applications to the Music & Drama Access Fund are currently closed.

The Music and Drama Access Fund provides small grants for Trinity candidates (via their teacher/Access Fund applicant) based in the UK & Ireland who experience barriers to accessing music and drama education and our qualifications. These barriers could include having Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, living in areas of rural isolation and/or socio-economic deprivation, or being in a specific minority group plus a range of other factors. The grants can be used in order to help these candidates achieve one of our music or drama qualifications.

Who can apply?

Candidates must be nominated via an online application form by their music or drama teacher/tutor or another appropriate person/professional who is familiar with their background and why they experience barriers to accessing our qualifications. Candidates cannot be put forward by someone they are related to and they cannot put themselves forward for a grant.

How much can we apply for?

You can apply for a maximum of £1,500 per group or £300 per candidate (or equivalent in Euros for applicants from the Republic of Ireland). A candidate cannot be awarded a grant of more than £300 in any calendar year.

What can the money be used for?

  • Exam fees
  • Contributions towards the cost of lessons
  • Contributions towards costs of musical instrument hire/purchase where appropriate
  • Other relevant equipment/materials needed (replacement strings, reeds, drum sticks, music stand, etc)
  • Equipment hire where appropriate
  • Sheet music
  • An accompanist
  • Buying books/play scripts
  • Exam venue hire (for private centres only)
  • Travel to exam venue

How do we apply?

Please note that applications to the Music & Drama Access Fund are currently closed.

Applications can only be made via the online application form on this page during the application period.

The application process is relatively simple and will require you to answer a series of questions and to write a budget explaining how you plan to spend the grant. You should use the guidance notes to help you prepare your answers.

Case studies

To find out how the Music & Drama Access Fund has helped young people in Lambeth, please see our blog post here. 

Have there been any changes made to the 2022 application process?

This is the third year that we have run the Music & Drama Access Fund so, based on both our experiences and the feedback we have received, we have made a few alterations to the process for 2022:

  • Some new questions have been added to the application form to encourage applicants to share more information with us about the person they are applying for. We need to have a clear idea of who they are, what their musical journey has been so far and how the barriers they’re experiencing are limiting their achievements
  • We will only accept a maximum of 10 application forms from any one applicant per round. However, if you have a strong reason for wanting to submit more than this, please get in contact with the Access Fund Manager ( before the submission deadline.

Please note, the Access Fund is highly competitive and designed to fund candidates on a short-term basis and should not be considered a long-term funding stream. Our ethos is to try and award grants to as many different eligible candidates as possible; applicants should be aware that applications received for candidates who have previously been in receipt of a Music & Drama Access Fund grant may have this taken into consideration.

If you’re submitting multiple applications, please take the time to consider and provide the relevant details for each; do not simply copy and paste the information across your applications. Each application must be unique and specific to the candidate’s/candidates’ needs. Copy/pasted applications will be automatically rejected. 

We would like to say thank you to Margaret Burbeck for her kind and generous donations to the Music & Drama Access Fund.

Guidance for applying

Step 1 – read these important guidance notes and refer to them throughout your application – this will help you prepare your answers.

Step 2 – prepare your answers in the mock application form. You can then copy and paste your text directly into the online application form.

Step 3 download the Budget template and use this to complete and submit your accompanying budget via the online application form.

Step 4 – Submit your application via the online application form (please note that applications to the Music & Drama Access Fund will open again in early 2023).

If you have any access requirements, are not able to complete the form online or have any questions about how to apply, please contact the Access Fund Manager:

Successful applicants will be notified 2-3 weeks after the deadline.

Prepare and submit a grant report

If your application is successful you will need to write a report after your project is completed no later than 12 months after receiving your grant. This is an important part of the process to prove that you have spent the money that you have been granted as agreed and demonstrate the impact for your student/s.


  • Reporting isn’t scary. We want to know how it went, how you spent the money and what the student/s got out of the experience.
  • Your report shouldn't take long to complete and will consist of information that you already know from teaching your student.
  • Send us any supporting images to go alongside your report.

Comments and suggestions 

Please do tell us what you think about the Music & Drama Access Fund - your feedback is very helpful in shaping the fund for the future.


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