Founded by the recorded music industry in 1989, The BRIT Trust works to promote diversity and inclusion in the UK by empowering people of all backgrounds through music and the creative arts.
Funded largely by the annual BRIT Awards, and with a longstanding focus on supporting The BRIT School and Nordoff Robbins music therapy, The BRIT Trust makes donations to education and wellbeing charities that inspire young people to realise their full potential and life chances, whatever their abilities, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.
The BRIT Trust invests in education and wellbeing causes that serve its mission of improving lives through the power of music and the creative arts. While the Record Business remains at the Trust’s core, the Trust Board and committees reflect a broad spectrum of the music industry with Trustees representing the UK’s major and independent record labels, record labels association the BPI, and the music publishing, management and live sectors.
Since its inception the Trust has distributed over £27 million and made more than 230 grant commitments to a range of worthy causes which inspire people to realise their full potential and life chances, whatever their abilities, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. The Trust’s principal beneficiaries are the unique School for Performing Arts & Technology, The BRIT School in Croydon (which is free to attend and has received over £13 million) and Nordoff Robbins, the leading independent music therapy charity in the UK (which has received over £7m). Watch the latest Keep BRIT Special video below.
The BRIT School and Nordoff Robbins continue to be the Trust’s principal beneficiaries but through its Grant-Giving Committee, The BRIT Trust considers all applications for funding which meet the criteria within its mission statement, objectives and grant-making policy. All reserves held by the Trust are carefully invested by its Finance Committee alongside its investment managers, Investec, in order to protect the ongoing ability of the Trust to make meaningful grants for many years to come. All its investment in UK Equities are carefully selected from the FTSE4Good ethical investment index.