Michael Hurd (1928–2006) was an internationally respected composer, author and broadcaster who lived near Petersfield and devoted much of his time and energy to music in the Petersfield area. The Michael Hurd Memorial Fund was set up by Petersfield Musical Festival in 2007 with the aim of encouraging and assisting young musicians to create and perform music of all kinds.

The Fund

  • awards grants to individuals and organisations
  • provides choral training in schools
  • stages a biennial competition for young composers

What kind of activities does the fund support?

Any special project to develop the skills and experience of young musicians will be considered, such as the purchase of music, instruments and other equipment; tuition or consultation lessons; participation in workshops, master classes or summer schools.

Who can apply?

Grants may be awarded to individuals or organisations and must benefit young people of 25 years or under who show an aptitude in their chosen field of musical training. Individual recipients must have lived or attended school or college within the grant area which is defined as the counties of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight together with residential addresses, schools and colleges in Surrey and West Sussex situated within a twenty-five mile radius of Petersfield.

All individual applications must be endorsed by a sponsor with specific knowledge of the applicant’s musical experience and potential.

How much should I apply for?

Grants made will normally be between £50 and £250. Applications may be made for all or part of the total cost of the activity or project. Evidence of the cost must be provided.

How are grants awarded?

Applications are considered quarterly by the fund’s review panel. Applicants may be asked for further information or to attend an interview or audition. Successful candidates will be notified of the Panel’s decision. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified but no correspondence will be entered into relating to the Panel's decision. 

Applications are considered quarterly by the fund’s review panel. Applicants may be asked for further information or to attend an interview or audition. Successful candidates will be notified of the panel’s decision. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified but no correspondence will be entered into relating to the panel’s decision. The recipient of an award will be required to report to the panel within a specified time on the progress or outcome of the activity or project for which the grant was made.

For more information on the fund, to make a donation or apply for a grant, please contact Wendy Wilshin, Fund Administrator, by telephone on 01730 264037 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or download a grant application form directly.