Finzi Scholarships are separate from the Trust’s Grant Giving and are awarded annually following an application process which may lead to interview.
Applications for the 2020 Scholarships are now closed.
Finzi Scholarships are project based and are aimed at expanding horizons, giving opportunities and the inspiration to widen experiences in the musical world.
Proposals must have a musical foundation: projects might show a creative initiative or could involve some practical experience, education or research, perhaps even giving a personal change of direction.
Who can apply?
Candidates of all ages and resident in the UK at the time of application are welcome to apply.
Formal qualifications are not necessary.
Applications are welcome from trained musicians, but equally, previous professional experience is not a pre-requisite.
Finzi Scholarships are not awarded for attendance at courses, for the support of academic degree courses, nor 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.
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 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 £1000 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 Scholarship Terms & Conditions. 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.
Scholarships awarded in recent years have covered studies in Antarctica, 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