Grant application deadlines
VWF has three deadlines annually for general funding applications. The 2023 deadlines are:
Wednesday 4 January 2023
Tuesday 2 May 2023
Monday 4 September 2023
Each funding round is for projects which will be delivered at least three months after that deadline.
Vaughan Williams Postgraduate Bursaries
Applications open: Thursday 1 December 2022
Deadline: Friday 14 April 2023
Support for professional composers
The Foundation offers funding towards: the performance, commissioning or recording of music by professional British/Irish composers active in the last 100 years; or projects and organisations in the UK which create developmental opportunities for composers, or which promote wider awareness of British/Irish music of the last 100 years.FIND OUT MORE
The work of Ralph and Ursula Vaughan Williams
The Foundation supports work which furthers the knowledge and understanding of the life and music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, and of the work of Ursula Vaughan Williams. This includes recordings and films, performances of lesser known repertoire, publishing and research projects and educational resources.FIND OUT MORE
£4,000 Vaughan Williams Bursaries are awarded to exceptional student composers undertaking their first Masters’ courses in composition at universities or conservatoires.FIND OUT MORE
I cannot stress enough how important this organisation's work is, what a profound difference it is making, and how it has enabled so many to develop creatively and give new work a platform. Vaughan Williams himself would surely be so proud of this legacy.
ZOE MARTLEW, composer and cellist.
In 1956, with characteristic altruism, RVW ensured that all his future royalties would go to support the work of British composers, affirming that we should ‘give a welcome to all good work in whatever style or school’.
COLIN MATTHEWS, composer
Having this support has made so much difference, allowing me to really focus on my studies and dive into university life. My supervisor is such a brilliant teacher and I’m already learning so much.
POSTGRADUATE BURSARY RECIPIENT
Among his acts were countless kindnesses, known only to himself and the persons concerned. He gave continuous encouragement to younger men. He had the dignified humility of a great man, and was utterly un-self-seeking.
SIR ARTHUR BLISS, conductor
Music is the reaching out towards the utmost realities by means of ordered sound.
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS 1954