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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 Fund for Young Musicians 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.

What kind of activities does the Fund support?

Any special project to develop the skills and experience of young musicians, such as a contribution towards

Who can apply?

Applications to the fund can be made by musicians of 25 years and under, who live or attend school or college within the whole of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, or within 25 miles of Petersfield.

Application form

For more information about the fund, to make a donation or apply for a grant, please contact Sue Bint, Fund Administrator, by telephone on 01428 751963 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.

Other information and frequently asked questions

All individual applications need to be endorsed by a sponsor who has specific knowledge of the applicant’s musical experience and potential. So a music teacher, rather than a parent, would be better placed to act as sponsor.

Our Panel considers each application carefully, so the more information you can give when you apply, the better. Try to supply costs involved, as well as time scale, and what you hope to achieve from your project. Awards of between £50 and £250 (which is the maximum amount awarded to an individual) can be made, and you would need to provide some evidence of the cost.

You can apply at any time during the year as applications are considered quarterly by the Review Panel. Applicants may be asked for further information or to attend an interview or audition, and all 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.

Successful applicants are required to report back to the Panel following completion of their project and may be invited to perform during a Festival in the future.

Do you support applications from groups?

Yes we do! For example, we might support a group of small schools who are organising a choir festival together, or a school wishing to organise a specific music workshop.

Can I apply more than once to the Fund?

Yes you can. If unsuccessful, you can reapply the following year. If you’ve already received an award from the Fund, a second application to the fund will not be considered unless for a different purpose, and at least two years after the first application. A maximum of two applications from any one individual will be considered.

The Festival of Young Composers

Biennially The Michael Hurd Fund for Young Musicians hosts The Festival of Young Composers competition. Works are performed to an adjudicating panel at a public performance, and selected winning compositions may be performed in a Youth Concert during the Festival. This year entrants may present their music either through a live performance or as a digital recording. In either case, entrants must submit a written or printed score by the closing date and attend the Performance and Adjudication Day when their composition will be played.