Mike Howley Trust

Mike Howley worked for many years as Director of Cultural Services for the Isle of Wight Council. When he died in 2013, he had left part of his estate for the specific benefit of aspiring young actors, musicians, dancers and writers, between the ages of 18 and 30, living on the Isle of Wight. We are pleased to honour his legacy with these grants.

Previous Award Recipients

Last year the Mike Howley Trust funded some fantastic projects. Despite what was a challenging year, the young creatives who received funding managed to complete impressive projects ranging from completing training to producing albums and films. Take a look below at what the Mike Howley Trust has allowed some of last year’s recipients to achieve.

Em Johnson
This project was a massive learning curve for myself and KXT, the spoken word artist. We worked hard on creating music and words that reflected how our lives are at this moment in time, and wanted to make the tracks as meaningful and as accessible as possible. We are immensely happy with the album we created and hope you all enjoy it too.

Samuel Bossman

The funding allowed for the short film ‘Cliff Edge’ to be submitted to many film festivals, as well as for social media promotion to help the film reach a wider audience. It has also helped towards the creative development of an upcoming short film.

Swan Levitt

The Trust funded the recording and release of a new single from Swan Levitt ‘Someday Soon’. The funding allowed Swan Levitt to record the single and pay for PR to accompany it’s release. Listen to ‘Someday Soon’ by playing the link above.


The Mike Howley Trust allowed Reminders to finish making their debut album; record, mix, and master the songs as well
as help fund PR. The album has led to exciting new prospects, such as working with a new record label and signing a publishing deal as a Songwriter.

Post Paris Blues

Lottie King

The funding allowed Lottie King to undertake training courses in illustrating for the children’s book market so that she could begin to create children’s books.