GBBA are dedicated to supporting the brass band movement and are offering the GBBA Support Fund to help fund member band's events and development activities. The GBBA Support Fund offers financial support for GBBA member bands throughout the year with grants of up to £150. Read more about how to apply for the GBBA Support Fund.


There are also other funding opportunities available to help with our members' musical ambitions:

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Awards for Young Musicians

Gloucestershire Young Musician

GBBA Bursary for GYBB

Brimpsfield Music Society

Herbert Howells Award

Margaret Rose Bursary

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

PRS Foundation

Real Ideas Organisation

The Bromsgrove Young Musican Platform


GBBA Support Fund

Funding is available to assist in the costs of brass band events, activities, development, and individuals whose activities are related to the development of their musical ambition and skill and that will benefit the GBBA member band with which they are associated (e.g. National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain or the National Youth Brass Band of Wales).

Applicants should read the GBBA Support Fund Application Guidance and can apply by either submitting their application via the online application form, or by printing and filling out the Physical Application Form and sending it to the GBBA Secretary via

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GBBA Support Fund Application Guidance

Online Application Form

Physical Application Form

GYBB Bursary

A further bursary towards the GYBB course will be offered by GBBA to those attending both days of the course and who are full time members of a GBBA member band. This will be paid via the band upon completion of the course. Please fill contact to request funding.

Awards for Young Musicians offers funding for:

  • Identifying talent: Training teachers to how to spot and nurture young people's musical potential

  • Furthering talent: Targeting and sustaining young people's emerging talent through individual support, designed to help up to 500 young people across England by 2021 from low income families beyond initial state-funded lessons

  • Annual awards: Funding UK talent through annual grants and bespoke support for individual musicians, offering up to £100,000 in means-tested grants each year to help young musicians grow and develop their musical potential

  • Innovation and research: Leading new thinking and action on talent development

Since their inception in November 2013, the Society has gone from strength to strength with a series of successful fundraising events enabling them to support talented young musicians in the county.

Herbert Howells Award

Open to the Forest of Dean area only. The award is given every two years. Applications open when announced in the local press.  

In 1999, the Choir set up the 'Margaret Rose Bursary' as a tribute to their loved and missed Musical Director, Margaret Burford, who died very suddenly in that year.

Initially a £500 Bursary was awarded annually to a young person from the Forest of Dean who intended to take up a career in music.

In 2008, to celebrate the 10th Bursary Award, the amount was raised to £750.

The choir is very proud of the Margaret Rose Bursary and each year we have been amazed by the immense talent of the young people who take part in the auditions. We continue to keep in touch with those who have taken part over the years and follow their careers with interest, supporting them and giving them a local platform on which to display their various skills.

Established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987, the foundation is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the ​UK. Read more information about their funding:

The UK's leading funder of music and talent development. Since March 2000 we have supported over 7,300 new music initiatives to the tune of over £35 million. We do this through open grant schemes which are available to musicians and organisations and partnership programmes which we lead in response to specific needs and gaps in funding. [Source:]

The Arts Council invests £10 million a year in 'Bridge Organisations', who coordinate Cultural Education activity. If you run a youth band why not contact your ACE Bridge Organisation (below) or sign up to their newsletters? They will be able to put you in contact with your Local Cultural Education Partnership & provide you with information about local training events & opportunities. [Source: Brass Bands England Newsletter #5]

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