The Paul Brown Memorial Fund is particularly interested in young musicians who show an aptitude for a career in music but who find themselves at a crossroads: unsure whether to follow a conventional academic path or strike out as a professional musician. It is at this point that financial assistance may be crucial to support young musicians, in various ways, as they try to develop their careers. In considering applications, the trustees are looking not only for ability but also for commitment. Where substantial funds are involved (in the purchase of a new instrument for instance) successful applicants will be invited to sign an agreement that allows the Fund to recoup some of its expenditure if the instrument is later sold. The Fund may require the instrument to be returned if an applicant abandons their musical career. Additionally, the trustees reserve the right to ask for a means test. Of course, the fund is not solely about providing musical instruments and invites applications for a wide range of assistance.
The trustees meet twice a year to consider applications. For the award of small grants a written submission may be sufficient but where larger amounts are involved the trustees will certainly want to interview applicants. You will see that the application form also contains the requirement for an independent assessment of ability.
You can submit your application in writing to: Rod McLoughlin, The Paul Brown Memorial Fund, Craigour, Lower King's Cliff, St Helier.
Or you can apply online. Click here to save and complete an application form.