Enriching Lives through the Power of Music

The Postlethwaite Music Foundation is a grant making trust established in 2015 in memory of my mother’s family and is funded through an endowment from the estate of my uncle, Alan Postlethwaite.

The Postlethwaite family were accomplished musicians, sharing a great love of music, and I felt it appropriate that the Foundation should encourage a larger number of people to benefit from this area of the arts.

The Foundation gives grants of around £1,000 to small music-focused registered charities in England carrying out work to:

  • Advance music through education
  • Encourage the therapeutic benefits of music
  • To promote live music to the wider community

Over the last seven years the Foundation has given grants totalling £71,500 to 31 recipients. These grants have supported not only concerts and operas but also student bursaries; community singing workshops; the establishment of new music groups; music therapy sessions; commissioned works; the purchase of musical equipment; the repair, maintenance and adaptation of musical instruments, and music research.

The trustees actively seek appropriate charities which the Foundation can support.

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Mrs Ruth Holmes
Founder & Chair of Trustees



The Postlethwaite Music Foundation is committed to transparency and we work with 360Giving to publish information about our grants. Using the 360Giving Data Standard, our awarded grants since 2016 are available as an Excel spreadsheet here. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/lic.... This means the data is freely accessible to anyone to be used and shared as they wish. The data must be attributed to The Postlethwaite Music Foundation.

We believe that with better information, funders can be more effective and strategic decision makers. 360Giving supports funders to publish open data about their grants, and empowers people to use this data to improve charitable giving through a range of free online tools. For more information, visit https://www.threesixtygiving.o...


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