Musicians' Benevolent Fund
The Musicians' Benevolent Fund is a United Kingdom charity offering help and support to working and retired musicians, other professionals in the music industry, and their dependants. It also supports up-and-coming musicians.
It was begun as a fund created in 1921 following the death of English tenor Gervase Elwes: it operates throughout the UK and Ireland and spends around £2 million each year helping about 1,500 people. More recently, it has developed its work for outstanding young musicians in the UK through financial awards for individuals and organisations. In 2012 it launched the Emerging Excellence Awards, conceived to support talented, innovative musicians at the beginning of their careers.
Amongst the numerous awards they offer, they administer the Peter Whittingham Award.
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