Instrument Purchase

It’s a shocking fact that many music students often have no choice but to embark on their professional training without an adequate instrument of their own. The RPS can help.

“So many young players are hampered by poor quality instruments… it can be very demoralising. Being able to buy my own horn while still a student enabled me to fulfil my own potential. Thank you RPS for giving me really practical support when it mattered.” Angela Barnes, Second Horn LSO

What does the fund offer?

The RPS provides funding to young musicians who do not own an instrument suitable for their professional training. The fund is supported by the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation and was originally set up after the death of the renowned conductor and Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medalist. 

Who is it open to?

Students of UK Music Conservatoires or Colleges of Music. Priority is given to first year students and junior students who will shortly be embarking on full-time study.

How can I apply?

All applicants must be nominated by their conservatoire/ college principal. Application forms will be sent direct to UK music conservatoires and colleges in March.

When is the next closing date?

31 May, annually.


RPS Instrument Purchase Grants are part of the RPS Young Musicians Programme. We are extremely grateful to the trusts, corporate sponsors and indivdual donors who support the programme. Click here to find out more.

See who we helped last year



Dr Ahmad Sarmast: RPS Honorary Member and founder of Afghanistan’s first national music school in Kabul.


Voting for the RPS Gold Medal is still carried out using the original yes/no voting box.