The Trust has a regular programme of allocating grants in support of projects, research and course attendance with a preference for supporting those who have been unable to receive financial support from elsewhere. Please note that applications for funding assistance with general undergraduate and postgraduate studies will not be considered.

Awards of between £100 and £5000 have been given for initial funding, with second grants being considered in exceptional cases. Funding is normally only awarded to projects, research and course attendance directly related to music libraries, music librarianship and/or music bibliography.

GUIDELINES FOR research funding applicants

The following guidelines may be helpful for prospective applicants:

  • Applications are preferred from individuals and bodies undertaking projects unlikely to receive financial assistance elsewhere.
  • Grants in the range £200 - £1000 have typically provided initial funding for single projects; exceptionally higher awards have been made.
  • Assistance with any sort of expense may be sought. In the past grants have been made to assist with travel expenses, course fees, and to support research, study and wider dissemination of results.
  • Second grants will be considered in exceptional cases.
  • Bursaries are awarded each year for the IAML (UK & Irl) Annual Study Weekend.
  • Applications for funding assistance with general undergraduate and postgraduate studies will not be considered.

Applications for assistance may be submitted to the Secretary at any time, and will be considered at the next meeting of the Trustees (these take place at least three times a year). Applications should provide full details of the project being undertaken, say what other sources of funding have been considered and give a fully costed analysis of the projected expenses; references may be required. Informal discussions with the Secretary are welcome by email. Funding is normally only awarded to projects and research directly related to music libraries, music librarianship and/or music bibliography.

E. T. Bryant Memorial Prize

The E.T. Bryant Memorial Prize, initiated in 1994, is awarded to a student of Library and Information Science or to a librarian in the first five years of the profession for a significant contribution to the literature of music librarianship. This award is made in conjunction with IAML(UK & Irl). More information is available on the IAML(UK & Irl) website.

The 2014 award of £250 was jointly awarded to Julija Paskova for her study RDA implementation in music libraries in the UK: reality or future? and Diana Wood for her study The music collections of Cambridge University: an investigation into perceptions of the value of user-generated content in a special collections catalogue

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Past projects