Finding Funding for Musicians
Finding funding for young musicians can be a tall order, we have provided some links below which should get you started! There is also a great resource from 'Help Musicians UK' which helps you find a charitable fund or foundation using their Funding wizard - access their funding wizard here:
Music lesson prices vary from town to town depending on where you live. This may not be in the reach of some families and young people - it is always good to talk with your school to see what options are open to you.
Music Mark has a directory of local music services.
Support for music lessons is quite thin on the ground, it is worth looking into Awards for Young Musicians who could provide grants for this purpose – the annual deadline for applications usually falls in March each year. Future Talent and the Wrightson Trust may also be able to help.
If you are looking for information, advice or support finding a music teacher musicteachers.co.uk also has a directory of music teachers. Music for All is the charity of the UK musical instrument industry and their website offers help on finding a teacher and purchasing instruments.
Saturday schools, Junior Conservatoires and other Centres for Advanced Training
The Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme (MDS) offers Government Aided places to exceptionally talented young people at eight specialist independent music and dance schools across the UK. In addition, the MDS offers financial support to a network of Centres for Advanced Training (CATs), which includes the Junior Conservatoires, to enable them to offer subsidised places to young musicians. Further information about these scholarships should be sought from the relevant CAT. A full list can be found on the DfE website.
Most centres offer a range of other bursaries and assisted places where there is clear financial need. Parents are often asked to make a commitment to seeking additional funding from other sources. At a national level, organisations like Awards for Young Musicians and Future Talent may be able to help towards the cost of attending CATs. Other organisations to try include the Hattori Foundation and the Wrightson Trust. There may also be support available from your local authority or local charitable trusts.