Founded in 1981 by Imogen Holst (1907-84), the daughter of the composer Gustav Holst, the Holst Foundation is a grant-giving charity whose funds were for more than 30 years  directed primarily towards the performance and recording of music by living composers. The total of grants awarded during that period amounted to more than £3 million.

The Foundation was from its inception funded by royalties from the estate of Gustav Holst; these largely ceased when the major copyrights expired at the end of 2004. Consequently most grant-giving activities came to to an end in 2014, and applications are no longer accepted. The annual grant to NMC Recordings, which was created under the auspices of the Foundation in 1988,  has also been discontinued. The Foundation hopes to be able to continue to fund selected projects on a limited basis, but this will be at the discretion of the Music Committee and not subject to application.

The Foundation continues to administer the estates of both Gustav and Imogen Holst, and any enquiries about its past and present activities may be sent to :

The Grants Administrator
43 Alderbrook Road
London SW12 8AD

Tel (messages only) : 020 8673 4215

Email address :

(Please note that the gmail address has been discontinued)

Last updated January 2015



Rosamund Strode, a close friend and colleague of Imogen Holst and our dedicated Chairman for many years, died at the age of 82 on March 26 2010. An obituary can be found at