Experience Fund

From the Artistry & Enterprise Team

This fund is aimed at supporting our students in gaining valuable experiences on top of the day to day experience received as part of their studies at the conservatoire. We can support individuals up to the value of £500 for both online and in person experiences.

Who is this for

The Experience fund is open to all students across all pathways at Leeds Conservatoire.

We do however focus on different year groups for different application windows.

Application Windows

There are two application windows throughout the academic year.

  • Window 1: 25/10/21 – 22/11/21
  • Window 2: 14/3/22 – 18/4/22

If you are unable to submit your application via the form, we will accept a video submission instead.

Support Parameters

What we can support

  • Course fees for online short courses.
  • Attendance at an online conference or seminar.
  • Online Mentoring – you should state who the mentor will be.
  • Experiences that have already been paid for, but yet to be undertaken.
  • Travel to an experience
  • Course fees for short courses, residentials etc.
  • Attendance at a conference or seminar.
  • Mentoring – you should have an idea who the mentor will be.


What we can’t support

  • Purchase of physical equipment or products, including purchase of software.
  • Marketing and PR.
  • Costs of releases – eg pressing vinyl, cds, cassette tapes, digital releases.
  • Anything that would ordinarily be provided by your course.
  • Experiences that have already been undertaken/completed/partially completed.
  • We do not fund undergraduate or postgraduate courses, audition fees or any other similar expense in a conservatoire or higher education institution.
  • Purchase of instruments
  • Marketing / PR / Posters
  • Physical products
  • Venue Hire
  • Costs of releases – eg pressing vinyl, cds, cassette tapes, digital releases
  • Photography / video – this is covered in a separate fund
  • Electrical equipment
  • Vehicles
  • Additional instrumental lessons. 
  • Any expenses associated with setting up or running a business  - you must apply through Subsidised Funding and the proof of concept support.
  • Those who have already received support from the Artistry and Enterprise team this academic year.

* You can still apply for this funding even if you have already signed up and paid for an experience, but only provided it hasn't happened already.

Application Process
  • You will be notified when the application window is open. We will not accept any late submissions.
  • To apply you will need to complete an online form and explain why you feel your chosen item is of benefit.
  • Applications won’t be reviewed until the application window has closed.
  • Each application will be considered by a panel of conservatoire staff, and if successful you will be granted the funding.
  • Please do allow up to 30 days to receive your funding once it is granted- keep this in mind when selecting the experience you would like support with.
  • For unsuccessful applicants we will provide feedback to support you in future submissions.
To Apply

Please make sure you have read all of the supporting documentation prior to applying.

Applications that don’t meet the criteria outlined will not be considered for support.

Click here to complete the application form


If you have any questions regarding this support, please feel free to get in touch with our Employability & Enterprise team.

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