Funding is available to support organisations and individuals undertaking projects to promote music in the UK.
There are no stated minimum or maximum amounts. Applications are currently being accepted for grants at a modest level.
In addition to one-off project funding, the Foundation has set up a scheme under the broad heading of New Initiatives. Under this scheme support can be provided on a larger scale (up to £10,000 per annum) for more complex performance projects that may require guaranteed funding over a period of time, initially up to three years.
Applicants should be aware that the Trustees are taking some time to reflect on key areas of success to ensure the New Initiatives funds are most effectively deployed in future rounds. Therefore, the scheme is temporarily suspended.
The Hinrichsen Foundation, founded in 1976, is a charity mainly devoted to the promotion of new music.
The Foundation offers grants to support organisations and individuals undertaking projects to promote music.
Funding is not available for the following:
- Projects with a very large over-arching budget or where the budgeting is unclear or largely speculative.
- Applications for which there are existing official schemes of help.
- Assistance in purchasing musical instruments or equipment including the electronic or computer variety.
- Degree courses.
- Retrospective grants.
Individuals, organisations and charities in the UK are eligible to apply.
The Foundation prefers to support organisations that are making a contribution themselves to the total costs required.
The Trustees are principally concerned with providing support for the performance of contemporary music, which may include commissioning of new work, non-commercial recording or even publication.
The Trustees will occasionally provide funds for research projects not being conducted under the aegis of an academic institution.
Projects may be of an essentially traditional character but hard (on financial grounds) to initiate or sustain; or they may be innovative and original. They will usually be new types of scheme for which, in the nature of things, funding is hard to obtain.
Three categories of project eligible for consideration for funding under the New Initiatives scheme have been identified by the trustees:
- Innovative or original projects that involve planning beyond or outside the established work of the applicant. These may mainly be on a larger scale than previously undertaken projects, or they may involve a complete rethink of existing concepts or resources.
- More conventional or traditional projects that are new to the applicant that need guaranteed funding over a minimum period of years.
- New approaches to, or new initiatives within existing schemes.
In all cases, the need for guaranteed funding has to be the key. Grants for projects that simply involve series of individual events should be applied for under the Foundation's ongoing and established scheme of awards.
The 2017 deadlines are as follows:
- 22 February 2017.
- 2 June 2017.
- 15 September 2017.
The New Initiatives Scheme is temporarily suspended whilst the Trustees take some time to reflect on key areas of success to ensure the funds are most effectively deployed in future rounds.
Applicants for New Initiatives are urged to make preliminary enquiry about the suitability of their proposed application by email.
Application forms are available to complete online at the Foundation's website.