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.
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 Timing:
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 Exclusions:
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:
- projects involving young people: Trustees hope to see applications which aim to open young people’s ears, to stimulate creativity in sound and provide a springboard for young composers to move forward with aspiration.
- the project's musical aspirations: Trustees want to see that the project is aiming for music making of high quality within the project context. We recognise that creative projects may take many different styles and forms.
- projects taking place in or out of school, college or university, or in community settings will be considered. Projects involving young composers should indicate how the project will assist their professional development.
- the artistic leadership of the project: Trustees believe strongly in the importance of a project’s artistic leadership. The artistic leader/s involved in the project (i.e. composer, musician, conductor, director, workshop leader etc.) should be clearly identified and named in the application.
- how the project will be planned, managed and evaluated: Trustees want to know who is responsible for the management of the schedule, the participants, appointment of the leaders, evaluation and the budget. If your application is successful we will ask for a report on the project when it is completed, so plans for evaluation should be made from the start.
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.