The Bliss Trust Privacy Notice

The Bliss Trust (“the Trust”) / “we”) is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.  This privacy notice sets out the basis on which we will process your personal data.  

The Trust is an English registered charity (registered charity number 297956), whose registered address is PO Box 137, Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0WX).  The Trust is the data controller in respect of your personal data. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use it.

We collect personal data so that we can operate effectively and carry out our charitable activities. 

We collect personal data from our trustees, scholars, donors, supporters, applicants, website users, business partners and service providers.

The personal data we collect is normally names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses (“Contact Details”).  We may also collect other information from applicants for our scholarship scheme; donors, supporters, those who apply for grants; and visitors to our website, as detailed in the table below.   The types of information, the purposes for which we use it and the legal basis on which we do so are as follows: 

What information will we collect about you?

Contact Details; dates of birth (for trustees); signatures

Scholars and applicants for scholarship scheme and applicants for grants
Contact Details; applications, including cvs and information about your education, musical background and interests; travel plans; reports; bank details

Contact Details; bank account details

Website users
Contact Details.

Information relating to your device and usage data: this is automatically collected when you visit our website.

Cookies (currently none used on the website)

Performers and conductors at past and future concerts featuring Bliss’s works

Why are we processing information about you?

To operate effectively as a charity and fulfil our legal obligations; to publish names on our website

Scholars and applicants for scholarship scheme and applicants for grants
To consider applications to our scholarship scheme, and to consider grant applications and consider scholars’ reports; to publish on our website names of successful applicants, locations, job descriptions, summaries of project and photos or video footage.

To contact you and to process donations

Website users
To respond to enquiries. To operate our website effectively. To analyse the traffic to our website.

Performers and conductors at past and future concerts featuring Bliss’s works
To publicise forthcoming concerts  and recordings and to record past events and recordings

What is our legal basis for processing information about you?

Legitimate interest in running our charity and informing the public; legal obligations

Scholars and applicants for scholarship scheme and applicants for grants
Legitimate interest in promoting and running our scholarship scheme and publicising the work of our scholars. Legitimate interest in publicising grants awarded

Legitimate interest in collecting donations

Website users
Legitimate interest in responding to enquiries and operating our website. Consent.

Performers and conductors at past and future concerts featuring Bliss’s works
Legitimate interest in promoting concerts and recordings featuring Bliss’s music

We have a duty to process data fairly, lawfully and in a manner that you would expect. Where we have a legal basis to use your personal data without your consent (as set out in the table above), this policy helps us fulfil that duty by giving you an appropriate explanation of the way we use your personal data.  

Where consent is required, we will ask you for your consent and you may withdraw your consent at any time by contacting the Trust’s Administrator using our contact form.  You can set your browser not to accept cookies; information on how to remove cookies from your browser can be found here:

We may share your personal data as necessary with selected service providers that support us in the Trust’s activities, where we have a legitimate interest in doing so.  For example, we share our trustees’ personal data with the Charity Commission and our solicitors; and our website hosting company can access data collected from website users’ devices.  We also share scholars’ and donors’ personal data with our trustees and secretary, to the extent necessary.  We only allow our trustees, secretary and our service providers to use your personal data to support the Trust’s activities.  We publish details of our trustees, scholars, awardees and performers on our website as outlined in the table above.

Our main service providers are: Ramon Lee Ltd, 93 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4BA (accountants); (website hosting company).

The Trust will comply with the Data Protection laws of the UK and will:

• keep your data secure, but please note that the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure and is at your own risk

• allow you to see the data held about you and make any necessary corrections or request deletion (subject to certain conditions).  If you would like to access, update or amend the information we hold about you or if you would like us to stop using your personal data, please contact us using our contact form.

• ensure that the data is not used for any purpose not connected with the Trust’s activities

• not hold personal data for longer than necessary, destroy data carefully when it is no longer necessary or when requested by you to prevent it being accessed in future. We keep records of our scholars and their reports indefinitely, for our archives.

Our website contains links to other websites. Our privacy policy only applies to our website so when you link to other websites you should read their privacy policies. 

We will post any updates to our privacy policy on this webpage. This privacy policy was last updated in November 2021.

If for any reason you are not happy with the way that we have handled your personal data, please contact us.

You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office

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