The Agar Trust
Supporting young musicians in rural Scotland.
The Agar Trust supports young people (8-21) resident in rural Scotland who demonstrate exceptional musical ability and potential and wish to further their musical education beyond their local area.

While 90% of Scotland’s land mass is rural, a fifth of Scotland’s population lives there. There has, not surprisingly, been a concentration of services in the urban areas, but this brings challenges for young rurally-based people who wish to further their education or develop a career in music. Our award holders have to travel considerable distances to play with national orchestras, bands or choirs; or attend short courses, private tuition or auditions.

Your help … has enabled me attend the following: NYOS courses; National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland course; RCS summer course for brass players; work experience with the RSNO.   I auditioned at the RCS and was delighted to be offered an unconditional place for the next academic year.   I am certain that without your support I would not have been able to achieve this. Antony, Fort William

To see the award holders for the last year, and a map of where they live, click here.

Dr Janet Macdonald reports:
  • What roles for charitable Trusts in Scottish music education? (Nov 2017). Download
  • Online music tuition in rural Scotland (Feb 2017). Download