Douglas Lilburn

How to Apply

To apply for a grant from the Lilburn Trust you need to submit a written proposal with the following information (there is no application form):

  • Full details of the project
  • Detailed estimates of production and promotion costs
  • Details of any other assistance that has been requested or gained
  • Estimate of shortfall, and the subsidy thought reasonable to meet it
  • Any other relevant information

Applications can be posted or emailed to, marked "Attention Lilburn Trust".

Applications will next be considered in November 2020. Closing date is 31 October 2020.


  • Projects should be not-for-profit rather than commercial.
  • Requests should be made by publishers, recording companies or supporting organisations rather than from individual composers/authors/performers.
  • The Lilburn Trust does not pay "royalties" to publishers, rather it gives subventions toward the costs of publication.
  • The Lilburn Trust will not fund the complete cost of a project; some funding from other sources is required.
  • Originals of scores/parts recopied for preservation are to be deposited in the Alexander Turnbull Library.
  • A report is required from all recipients of Lilburn Trust grants on the completion of the project or – where a project has been delayed – on the date originally given for its completion.

Please note that the Lilburn Trust does not fund the following:

  • Commissions of new compositions.
  • The production of a score and parts for a new work (these should be funded by the commissioner).
  • Learning time for performers.
  • Performer travel/accommodation expenses.
  • Tertiary study overseas.