raising the profile of music by women


This page assumes you have read the Introduction and Grant-Making Policy.
The closer you follow these Guidelines, the greater your chance of success.
Indeed - priority will be given to applications which do that.

How to apply to the Ambache Charitable Trust

This guide sets out the information which applicants must provide, and should answer your queries. However, if you have any question not covered, contact ACT before submitting your application.

Download the Application Form, which is a Word Document. Fill it in; then send three paper copies and an identical version as a pdf email attachment. Our contact details are here. Do not use registered mail or recorded delivery; all applications will be acknowledged by email.

Applications will be considered quarterly; the deadlines are midnight on each of the final days of March, June, September and December.
Late applications and retrospective applications will not be considered.
All applicants will usually be notified within a month of these dates.
Please note that this is grants and not funding.

Grant receivers should acknowledge our support with our logo, and this statement in all programmes, books and liner notes: 'The Ambache Charitable Trust is active in raising the profile of women composers'. On completion of the project, the Trust expects a Report, describing what was achieved; anyone planning to reapply is required to send one in before any further consideration is given.

Reapplying: Any individual, composer or organisation who has received a grant from the Trust may only reapply after a year has elapsed following that grant.

Both women and men may apply. The grants are UK weighted, but international applications will be considered. Remember the Trust's interest in historical women. For a quarterly budget of £10,000, the Trust receives between 10-15 applications every quarter and then awards about four to six grants. Previous grants can be seen here.

The numbers below correspond to the question numbers on the form.
Please note that the maximum length of the completed form is two pages.

1. Project plan. This really should be a brief description, to capture our interest; fuller comments come in sections 2 & 3.

2. Background. We want to know who you are and the context of the project. Is it part of a series? What other related activities do you do? Please include the date(s) of performances, details of venues, the performers taking part and the repertoire to be performed. A strong track record will enhance your application.

3. How is your project unique? It will be compared with a number of other applications; show us how it stands out and sounds interesting. It's likely that if you can interest us, you can interest audiences as well.

4. How does it raise the profile of music by women? Please note that this is our strapline, we take it very seriously. Describe your publicity and marketing plans and how many people you might reach. Unless you are just starting, say what you have achieved previously, as specifically as you can. Please state clearly the strength and feasibility of your idea.

5. How will you assess the impact? State how you will calculate the number of people you will reach, eg who will hear the music and will hear of the music. What effect do you think it will have on them? Who will benefit and what overall difference is your work likely to make?

6. What would you do with a grant? Include an outline budget for the project, keeping your statement to the activity relevant to the Trust and explain how you plan to raise any further costs. Please include estimated income and expenditure (stating receipts from ticket sales and advertising, grants from other sources, etc). If you are applying for a single event within a series or festival, then supply the budget for the single event rather than the series. If it is, for examle, one item in a concert, put the budget for that item only. Give details of all outstanding applications for funding to other bodies including national Arts Councils, grant-making Trusts and charities, individuals and commercial sponsors. If these details change, please let the Trust know.

7. Annual Turnover. This gives us a perspective on your activity; include charity and/or company registration numbers where applicable.

8. If your application is to support a commission give details of further performances. For new or specially commissioned works the Trust will only consider your application if there is at least one further performance guaranteed after the première; so, give details of the other performances. You should provide biographical details (or web links) of the composer and their works, and the expected duration of new work(s). Applications for recording projects should include the recording date, pressing size, release date, distribution (including streaming and downloads) and marketing.