Rural musicians urged to apply for Agar Trust funding

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The Agar Trust is appealing for talented musicians in remote and rural areas of Scotland to apply for funding to help further their musical education.

The Trusts received 55 applications for their round of funding in April, with 26 musicians, aged between eight and 21, winning grants.

The Agar Trust, a Strathpeffer-based charity, offers grants of up to £1000 to support young people aged between 8 and 21 who demonstrate proven musical skills and potential. Since its formation in 2014, the Trust has made 41 awards from a total of 80 applicants. It recognizes the wealth of talented young musicians living in remote and rural areas of Scotland who wish to further their musical education or develop a career in music.

While enjoying the advantages of their location, these young people face difficult challenges such as long, gruelling journeys to attend lessons, rehearsals, courses and auditions. Local music opportunities offer youngsters an excellent start. But often they must travel for specialist tuition or to play with others of a similar standard. Journeys can range from a weekly 200 mile round trip to a 500 mile round trip made 3-4 times per year. Inevitably, the financial and time costs are significantly demanding on families.

Violinist and 2014 award winner, Georgina, from Brechin, recently contacted the Trust to thank them for their help. She said: “I cannot thank you enough for the money you gave me to help pay for transport down to weekly lessons in Edinburgh. I honestly don’t think that without your support I would be where I am today or have achieved what I have since September.”

The next deadline for applications is September 30, 2015. Visit www.agar-trust.org.uk for information and details of how to apply. Applications from instrumentalists, singers and composers from all genres will be considered.