Mary Carmichael Fund

Our aim is for SScOT courses to be accessible to all children who wish to take part. With this is mind, we hold a dedicated fund, the Mary Carmichael Fund, which offers financial support to those who would not otherwise be able to join us on the summer course.

Mary Carmichael was the Director of SScOT from its inception in 1984 until August 1998. She left SScOT a generous bequest which has been used as the basis for a fund which enables us to offer a number of bursaries each year for children to attend the summer course, as well as helping us to commission occasional new works.

Please note that we are only able to make a partial contribution to course costs. Some schools and local authorities are able to help with the cost of attending SScOT cources, and some areas have local charities which may also help. Please ensure you have fully researched other funding opportunities before applying to the Mary Carmichael Fund – we are happy to help you with this.


Bursaries are only available for the Summer Course, not for Play Away Days. Please feel free to contact Kate on to discuss your application for support. You will need complete an application form for the summer course alongside applying for financial support.

Once the application has been submitted, please email the following documents to, or post to 5 Springwood Park, Edinburgh EH16 6JL.

  • A letter from the participant’s parent or guardian outlining the reasons for applying for a bursary and detailing any financial support they anticipate receiving from any other source.
  • A letter from the head teacher of the child’s school confirming whether they, or their local education authority, are able to offer financial assistance, and confirming that they feel that the child would benefit from, and contribute to, the course.

Bursaries will be awarded purely on the basis of financial need, and each application will be considered on an individual basis. The deadline for receipt of applications for bursaries is normally March 31st each year.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application during April.


SScOT relies on donations from trusts, foundations and individual giving to ensure we can continue to thrive for years to come. We welcome donations both towards our general running costs, and donations specifically for the Mary Carmichael Bursary Fund. Donations can be made by sending a cheque, payable to SScOT, to Kate Whitlock at 5 Springwood Park, Edinburgh EH16 6JL; or you can donate online at our Totalgiving page.

Gift Aid Declaration Forms are available for tax payers who would like to increase the value of their donation.


Families living in rural areas should consider applying to the Agar Trust for financial support:

Other organisations supporting young musicians include Awards For Young Musicians and the Wrightson Trust