Guidelines - unchanged for 2019

We are 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.

Key Points

Single priority:
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  
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  
instruments, equipment, recordings, individual study costs, retrospective applications.
See more: What we cannot support

What we might support

What Trustees want to see

For an application to be successful the Trustees will pay particular attention to:

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 2018 the success rate was one in five 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 2019 the deadline for receipt of applications will be Monday 30 September. Projects for consideration should be planned well ahead and not start earlier than December 2019.

Applications should include

1. A short introductory letter (maximum 1 page of A4) clearly identifying the organisation and individual/s applying, the sum requested, and the names and contact details of two referees willing to support the application.

2. A Project Description (maximum two single-sided A4 pages) for presentation to Trustees, covering the following areas. Please note: overlong applications will be cut.

3. The project budget, preferably on a single page, showing estimated expenditure and anticipated income from all sources, including grants and applications to other bodies, with explanatory notes if needed. The Trustees understand that a grant from the Tippett Foundation may be only one of a number of different funding sources.
Additional information (e.g. biographies of project leaders) can be enclosed if wished and will be used for reference. Please do not send CDs, DVDs, movies or videos.

4. Format: *** Applications should be sent in both electronic and paper format ***
By email to: You can separate out the letter, project description and budget in separate attachments and submit in .doc, .docx., .pdf, .xls or .xlsx format. If you want to provide sound/visual evidence, you can give a weblink, but please do not incorporate media effects in your application.
by streetmail to: Gwyn Rhydderch, Secretary, The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, 50 Broadway, London SW1H OBL.
All applications received will be acknowledged.

What we cannot support

The Trustees regret they cannot consider requests for funding towards purchase of musical instruments or equipment; computer hardware, software or accessories; or towards capital purchase or development.

We also regret that funds are unfortunately not large enough to respond to other needs such as study fees or maintenance costs for individuals, or general performance or recording costs, or commissions for solely professional performance.

Funding for projects already completed cannot be considered.

Please observe these policy guidelines and do not apply for projects outside the priority area. The Trustees will not be able to consider additional requests, and applications beyond the priority area will not be submitted for consideration.

The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, 50 Broadway, London SW1H OBL         Charity registration no. 278469