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Kent Music Financial Assistance

The Kent Music Financial Assistance Scheme for the academic year 2019/20 is available for children and young people aged 5 – 18 years, living in Kent (not Medway).

Applications for students living in Medway and attending the Kent Music, Medway Music Centre (if meeting the financial assistance criteria) may still apply for financial assistance but if approved the award will be made from the Kent Music discretionary fund.

Subject to the conditions and criteria set out in the document below, successful applicants will receive 75% financial assistance up to a maximum of £100.00 per term (3 terms per academic year) towards the cost of one course of instrumental or vocal tuition for the academic year.

Students awarded financial assistance for their lessons are also entitled to 75% financial assistance towards the payment of ensembles. All ensembles must take place at a Kent Music Centre.

Musical Instrument Hire
Financial assistance may also be provided for loan of a musical instrument which will be supplied from Kent Music’s stock of instruments free of charge, if Kent Music has an appropriate instrument in stock. A free of charge instrument cannot be guaranteed. Please refer to the criteria document below for full information.

Kent Music County Groups
If you require financial assistance for a Kent Music County Group course please contact Valerie Cordina, Music Programmes Administration Manager, at vcordina@kent-music.com.

How to Apply
Please download and complete the application form using the button below. Once completed, please return with supporting documents to Finance Administrator, Kent Music, 24 Turkey Court, Turkey Mill, Maidstone, ME14 5PP or email to gbatty@kent-music.com.

To offer continuity of lessons existing beneficiaries should reapply now. Applications received from existing beneficiaries received after 31st July 2019 will be processed as new applications and cannot be guaranteed.

Other funding opportunities

ABRSM Scholarships and Funding

Blyth Bursary
The Blyth Bursary has been introduced to offer a place to a local, talented and deserving pupil to Sutton Valence School. Up to 100% bursary will be offered to one student a year, the amount of bursary offered will be based on means testing and the bursary may be split between two or three families, if financially viable. The bursary will be offered for a day or boarding place at Sixth Form (16+).

EMI Music Sound Foundation is an independent music education charity, established in 1997 to celebrate the centenary of EMI Records and to improve young peoples’ access to music education in the UK & Ireland.

Dance and Drama Awards
You could get a Dance and Drama Award (DaDa) to help with fees and living costs at one of 19 private dance and drama schools.

Kent and Medway Young Musicians’ Trust
The Trust is able to make awards to help towards the cost of musical activities, which are organised on a countywide basis in the geographical area of Kent and Medway.

Music and Dance Scheme
The Music and Dance Scheme provides grants and help with fees at 8 independent schools and 21 centres for advanced training.

SCALE Vocal Trust
SCALE Vocal Trust is a charity who assist gifted young singers in need of financial assistance.

Swale Youth Development Fund
Grants are available for many activities, including music, dance, drama, all sports, indeed almost anything that will help young people to make the most of their talents and opportunities.

‘Take it away’ Musical Instrument Scheme
Take it away offers interest-free loans for the purchase of musical instruments.