Funding

We are now accepting online applications

Deadlines

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

GRANTS

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.

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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.

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Postgraduate bursaries

£4,000 Vaughan Williams Bursaries are awarded to exceptional student composers undertaking their first Masters’ courses in composition at universities or conservatoires.

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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

NEWS

RVW resources for Music Teachers

Teaching resources, on different aspects of the work of Ralph Vaughan Williams, are being made available completely free of charge by the Music Teachers’ Association.

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New Commissions for RVW150

Throughout the 150th anniversary celebrations a special series of new works inspired by RVW’s music, ideas, or life, are being performed round the country.

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Launch of the Vaughan Williams Foundation

12 October 2022, the exact 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth, saw the launch of a new charity founded to honour the legacy of Ralph and Ursula Vaughan Williams.

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Applications are now open

The VWF has opened funding applications for the first time. Get your application in by Wednesday 4 January 2023.

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