Finzi Scholarships are separate from the Trust’s Grant Giving and are awarded annually following an application process which includes interview.
Full details of the 2018 Scholarships will be available early in 2018 and the deadline for applications will be 23 February for interviews in May.
Administered by the Finzi Charitable Trust and first awarded in 2005, the Finzi Scholarships seek to recognise and perpetuate the philosophical, creative and enabling breadth of vision of the English composer Gerald Finzi (1901-56) and his wife, the artist and poet Joy (1907-91), who throughout their lives provided unstinting support and encouragement to artists, writers and musicians of all ages and levels of accomplishment.
The Scholarships aim to give opportunities for broadening horizons or taking a new path: their focus is arts based in the widest sense, but proposals must have a musical foundation. Projects might show a creative initiative or could involve engaging in some practical experience, education or research, perhaps giving a personal change of direction. Applications are welcome from trained musicians, but equally, previous professional experience is not a pre-requisite.
The Trust anticipates awarding grants for projects within the UK or overseas lasting, on average, between 3 and 8 weeks. Projects can be home-based but if a project involves travel, then these expenses are met together with costs of accommodation and subsistence (and where appropriate, disability allowance) for the period involved. Costs of equipment and allowance for lost income are not normally covered. Grants previously awarded have ranged from £2000 to £5000.
Projects are assessed not only on their strength of vision but also on their realism and practicality. Decisions are within the sole discretion of the Trustees and grants will be made on the terms set out in the application pack. Any Scholarship must be taken up within one year of the offer being made.
Individuals are entirely responsible for their project, its planning, administration and the way in which it is undertaken. The Trust does not assume any responsibility for anything that might arise in the course of the Scholarship or the participants' activities. The Scholarship will include, where applicable the reasonable cost of insurance which successful applicants must take out to cover all relevant risks.
Finzi Scholarships are not awarded for attendance at courses, for the support of academic degree courses, or for the provision of student grants. Group applications are not considered.
The Trust will not ordinarily make a further award to an individual who has previously been awarded either a Finzi Scholarship or a Churchill Finzi Fellowship.
Scholarships awarded in recent years have covered studies in Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, South America, Sweden, the UK and the USA.
Sir Andrew Motion
Sir Antony Gormley
Sir Harrison Birtwistle