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

Thank you for the work you are doing for our young people, it is absolutely essential to have the support you offer when musicians can come from such rural and distant areas as the Western Isles. Without this support many of our young musicians would not have been able to take up the opportunities offered to develop their talents. Tutor, Western Isles
To see the award holders for the last year, and a map of where they live, click here.  Do follow our  Facebook page.  We use it to advertise educational opportunities and news of concerts our award holders have played in.
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Agar Trust news and reports:
  • Newsletter, December 2018 (.pdf file). Download
  • What roles for charitable Trusts in Scottish music education? (.pptx file, Nov 2017). Download
  • Online music tuition in rural Scotland (.pdf file, Feb 2017). Download