The Freeman Music Trust offers grants for music in Methodist Churches. Grants are given, usually to young people (but adults are not excluded), for tuition which helps them to contribute to music in worship. This can include any instrument – organ, piano, guitar, voice, strings, wind or percussion.
The Trustees have been aware that in recent years grants have been given to a limited number of people and want more people to know about this fund, and to see how it may help in their churches. Do have a look at what is on offer; the Trustees would be grateful for any thoughts you might have.
The Trust can also give grants for the repair and purchase of instruments, although generally these are for church use only, not personal instruments.
To apply for a grant, please download an application form (at present it is not possible to deal with applications online). Send the completed application, along with a letter of support from the student's minister, to David Stolton, Trebo, Delaware Road, Gunnislake, Cornwall, PL18 9AR. Applications should normally be made by 31 August of each year. Grants are usually paid in three instalments over a year commencing from 1 September.
If you have any queries, please contact Damian Boddy on 01423 322587 or by email.
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The Freeman (Methodist) Music Trust (registered charity number 214836) was set up under the will of the late William Frank Freeman. The objectives of the trust, as set out in Mr Freeman’s will, are as follows:
For the purposes of raising the standard of singing and organ playing in Methodist Churches by making grants or contributions to the Ministers or the controlling authorities of such Churches to be expended by them as will directly or indirectly help towards a better musical service either by instruction, repair of instruments, scholarships or prizes in some other way.
The trustees of the Freeman Trust are the chair, secretary and treasurer of ArtServe.