This scheme helps young professional musicians access exceptional career development opportunities in the UK and internationally.


To apply for a Career Development Bursary you must be:

  • Between 21 - 35 years of age
  • Based primarily in the UK and be eligible to work here
  • Active as a professional (regularly earning fees at a professional level)
  • Able to show you are achieving (or have potential to achieve) a national or international impact
  • Able to show that you need financial support

You must also have been resident in the UK for at least 3 consecutive years.

If you're applying as a group:

  • At least 50% of the members must fulfil the above criteria
  • Your group must have a fixed membership, with a maximum of 6 musicians
  • You must have been established and playing together regularly for at least one year
  • All group members must be eligible to work in the UK and based primarily here

We may request evidence of eligibility at any stage.


We want to invest in talented artists who are performing or creating great music. You must be able to demonstrate that you are already making an impact in your field and you should include in your biography any notable artistic achievements or career highlights to date. These could include:

  • prestigious performances, engagements or commissions
  • examples of critical acclaim
  • evidence of your growing fanbase
  • notable collaborations
  • qualifications, prizes or awards

We want to support artists who have the potential to build a sustainable professional career and you will also be asked to describe how a Career Development Bursary would make a significant difference to you at this particular point in your career. You should consider the impact a bursary would make to both your creative development and long term career aims.


Through this scheme we are unable to consider applications for:

  • Formal courses of study, training or research (including postgraduate degrees)
  • 1-1 lessons with a teacher you are already working with (or have worked with regularly in the past)
  • Costs associated with participating in competitions or showcases
  • One off performances, touring or recording costs
  • Instrument or equipment purchase (including computer hardware and software)
  • Developments that are not primarily creative in nature (e.g self-promotion)
  • Opportunities already funded by Help Musicians UK through our network of partners
  • Any costs incurred prior to a bursary being offered.

Applicants may only receive one grant per calendar year, and no more than three grants from the scheme in total. Priority will be generally be given to first-time applicants.


Interested in making an application? Find out how. Or read our Frequently Asked Questions to understand more about the aims of the scheme, what you can apply for and how to submit a good application. You can also check out these top tips for making funding applications.