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 two paper copies and an identical version as a pdf email attachment.
Send only the 2-page form; no other information will be read by the Trustees. Our contact details are here.
Do NOT use registered mail or recorded delivery; you reduce your appeal if we have to collect it at the Post Office.
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.
Early Applications are appreciated.

This is a competitive process; selection is according to which projects do the most to raise the profile of music by women.
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 (dated from its receipt). Further applications will only be considered when the Trust has received a Report on the previous one (sent as a pdf, and received by the Trust within a month of completion of the project); this should give an overview of what was achieved, how many people heard the music, heard of the music, and any critical comment.

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. It is a competitive process; for a quarterly budget of £10,000, the Trust often receives more than 15 applications every 3 months and then awards about five or six grants.'Hoping' generally cuts little ice with the Trust. We are looking for firm information. If you wish to be taken seriously, then take our Guideliness seriously. 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 title. The name of the project should capture people's interest; fuller comments come in sections 2 & 3.

2. Description. We want a fuller account and the context of the project. Is it part of a series? Tell us about the composer and what this contributes to her appreciation. 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. Applicant and organisation Who is applying? What is your previous experience? It's likely that if you can interest us, you can interest audiences as well.

4. Publicity and marketing Please note that our strapline is raising the profile of music by women; we take it very seriously. Please think about how many people you could reach. The firmer the information, the more likely we are to believe you; if you read our website, we'll read your application.

5. How will you assess the impact? We want to see an overview of the whole achievement. 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 long-term difference will your work 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 state estimated income and expenditure (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 example, 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. We require a second performance of a newly commissioned work; 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.

9. Privacy Notice: Any personal or private information which you may provide to us by making an application for a grant will be added to our grant application database and will be held by us for no longer than 10 years and processed in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations. By making an application for a grant you are deemed to consent to us holding such personal or private information. We do not share your private information with others other than as required to so by order of the court or by a competent regulatory body.