Rural musician funding: Wishart welcomes £50,000 Eilidh's Trust fund to support Scotland's young musicians

Young musicians across Scotland are set to benefit from a special £50,000 funding scheme to commemorate five years since the loss of 14-year-old musician Eilidh MacLeod from Barra in the Manchester Arena attack.

The Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust has opened its largest ever small grants scheme to support young musicians of all genres and disciplines to continue the piper's musical journey and build her legacy. The special anniversary fund seeks to ensure young musicians across the country are supported in their tuition by providing funding across a range of areas such as teaching costs, equipment, travel costs and venue hire.  

Eilidh’s Trust was established in 2018 in memory of the talented musician from the Isle of Barra who died in the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017. The Trust supports music education for young people reflecting Eilidh’s own love of music and her musical ability and enjoyment as a piper with the local Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band. The Trust will also manage a permanent memorial to Eilidh and a garden of remembrance and reflection on Barra.

To date, the Trust has funded over 30 youth music groups and individuals from Orkney to the Borders, supporting budding artists to grow their skills, thrive in a fun learning environment and, in many instances, allowing them to restart their lessons as we emerge from the pandemic.

Commenting on the launch, Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

“It is hard to believe five years have passed since the dreadful Manchester Arena attack. While the events of that day robbed so many lives, including 14-year old musician Eilidh MacLeod, I am pleased to support Eilidh’s Trust and their work in her memory which supports young people and their music.”

Trust founder Suzanne White said:

“Eilidh’s life was all about positivity, fun and friendship and that is exactly how we want her to be remembered when we mark five years since we lost her. By creating this special funding round we want to support as many music groups as possible so they can deliver tuition based on Eilidh’s attitude to life where young musicians flourish in their abilities and confidence.

“We are proud of what we have achieved so far in Eilidh’s memory, supporting numerous young people in their music, but we know that more can be done. This fund will allow us to reach more music groups across Scotland, ensuring a greater number of young people have access to tuition and can continue to learn in a fun and positive environment, build life-long friendships and thrive in their talent. We want to hear from as many youth music groups as possible who feel that Eilidh’s Trust can help them.”    

Youth music groups that are keen to be considered for small grant funding should contact Eilidh’s Trust outlining the following details:

  • The group’s background and history
  • The nature of the group’s need and how Eilidh’s Trust funding would benefit their young musicians
  • The group’s compliance with all regulations for safeguarding and protection of children and young people.

Applications should be send to: [email protected]




Notes to Editors


The Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust was established in 2018 with two main ambitions:

  • To establish, manage and maintain the permanent memorial to Eilidh which will be located on the Isle of Barra
  • To enable other young people and children to continue Eilidh’s musical journey by providing support to advance their music education (primarily but not exclusively in rural areas)

For more information, please visit us on or search for @EilidhsTrust on social media.

Photograph of Eilidh MacLeod 

Please find the logo of the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust.

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