The Brickhill Music Fund

The Fund is administered by the Sheila Toomey Award Panel, under the auspices of the Warminster Athenaeum Trust (Charity No.1086353)

Applications to

The original Brickhill Music Trust was set up in 1989 by local residents, Richard Alwyn and Keith Bratt, and named after their home Brickhill Farm on Bath Road, Warminster. They were both keen Athenaeum supporters and lovers of music. Keith was an actor, and was involved with the Codford Woolstore Theatre. Richard was involved with the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford-on-Avon.
Their Music Trust was established for General Charitable Purposes, but: – “with particular consideration to the promotion and advancement of music and to the restoration and preservation of the national heritage.”
Following the death of the main Trustees, the Fund was transferred to The Athenaeum Trust in March 2017. In November 2017 The Athenaeum Trustees agreed to the allocation of funds in line with the original purposes as follows: –
1⁄4 of the total fund to The Sheila Toomey Award for aspiring artists 1⁄4 of the total fund for a new Brickhill Music Fund 1⁄2 of the total fund towards the Auditorium Restoration Fund

THE BRICKHILL MUSIC FUND (2018) : ‘To assist all people residing within Warminster and surrounding villages to further the promotion and advancement of Music – defined as ‘vocal and/or instrumental sounds combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion’
This has been interpreted in several ways for example:

  • Grants to aspiring students towards their musical expenses or instruments (Ages 16-21) This is administered through The Sheila Toomey Award Scheme – Grants towards the promotion of Music events or activities at the Athenaeum or wider community – Subsidising room hirings at the Athenaeum for Music events
  • Funding of infrastructure for the advancement of Music at the Athenaeum e.g. grand piano maintenance – Consideration will be given to applications for projects connected with music outside these examples

Applicants for the Music Fund must reside in Warminster or surrounding villages.
Applications should take the form of a letter to the Trustees, giving full details of name of applicant or group, address, telephone number and email contact where applicable.
Applicants should provide FULL DETAILS on the location, duration and nature of their project to be undertaken, and the amount requested for funding. The reason for the application and how it might support the promotion and advancement of music to the residents of Warminster and surrounding villages. Special consideration will be given to those applicants, who have demonstrated their enthusiasm for, or interest in, the Athenaeum Centre or any of its user organisations.
All Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by letter.
Successful applicants are requested to include a recognition of the Brickhill Music Fund in any promotion of the event, or activity for which funds are allocated.
All successful applicants will be invited to acknowledge allocation of funding following the event, outlining how the funds have been used and how it has advanced the promotion of music.