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Norman Jones Trust

Norman Jones was for many years the secretary of Brass Bands England in its previous incarnation, the British Federation of Brass Bands.  He worked tirelessly for brass bands and for the organisation and was responsible for setting up the Fedsure insurance scheme that has aided many bands up and down the country and is a lasting legacy of his work.

Following his untimely death in 2007, the then BFBB were informed that they and its member bands would benefit from a large sum of money that Norman had bequeathed in his will.

A trust fund of £62,500 was set up for member bands of Brass Bands England.


Applications are invited from bands and individuals in reference to the following criteria:

  • New music commissions, especially from new or young composers
  • Working with other art forms and in particular, to fund capital items
  • Working with disadvantaged groups
  • Assistance for students to help with musical education
  • Projects which will have a lasting effect on the brass band community/applicants

Individuals applying for grants from the trust must prove that they are members of a Brass Bands England member band.

It is unlikely that 100% funding would be given to applications.  Amounts awarded will depend on the quality of the application and the funds available at the time.

Applications will be assessed quarterly and will need to be submitted by: 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the application within 4 weeks of the above dates and the decision of the trustees is final.

All applications, including a copy of your most recent annual accounts, should be sent to the National Office.

For any funding advice and support, please contact us.