Encouraging musical creativity in the Manawatū/Rangitikei community through the development of music performance skills and the creating of new music works.


The aim of the Trust is to nurture innovative ideas and talent by helping groups and individuals through the steps necessary to bring ideas and skills through the development stages to worthwhile outcomes.

Emphasis in the provision of grants in the areas of musical creativity will always be on encouragement of the new and contribution to the community and musical merit.

Projects should originate from within the Manawatū/Rangitikei region and show benefit to the region.

Grants can be applied for by anyone resident in, or closely connected to, that region.


The Music projects that the Trust aims to encourage may include:

  • creation and performance of new compositions
  • new forms of music
  • formation of new musical groups
  • bringing together and enhancing different musical groups for specific activities
  • workshops and master classes aimed at stimulating new ideas in music and/or a mastery of performance skills

Note: The end result of any project will be a local music performance, or a series of performances as a demonstration of the new skills attained and/or the new music created.

The musical styles supported by the Trust include:

  • classical or art music
  • jazz
  • cultural music

Note: The Trust does not fund projects involving “popular” music as this sector is well served by other funding agencies.

About the Trust

Established by Richard and Mary Earle, the Creativity and Development Trust, a registered charity under Public Trust and administered locally, helps fund specific local projects within the arts and technical sciences.

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