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The Kent Music Bursary

Kent Music is committed to enabling children and young people to access music education. The Kent Music Bursary Scheme provides financial support to 5-18 year olds living in Kent and Medway who meet the financial criteria.

By October half term this academic year we had already received an unprecedented number of applications to the scheme and are supporting 482 children and young people, enabling them to receive instrumental and vocal lessons and to take part in groups and choirs at local and county level. This is more than the total number of students supported in the whole of the last academic year. We are delighted that we have been able to support so many young musicians who would not otherwise have had this opportunity.

Such high demand for bursaries has put severe strain on the budget and so we have closed the scheme to applications for instrumental and vocal tuition and re-open it in time for the 2019/20 academic year.

How to Apply:
The scheme is still open for applications to attend Kent Music Summer School, Music Centre ensembles and Music Labs. To apply, please download and return your completed application form to Gail Batty at gbatty@kent-music.com.

County Groups:
In addition, some discretionary funds will be available to support children attending county groups for the 2019 spring and summer terms. For further information about access to these discretionary funds, please contact Valerie Cordina, Music Programmes Administration Manager at vcordina@kent-music.com.

Kent Music remains committed to supporting children and young people who would not otherwise be able to benefit from music and we will be reviewing the scheme in advance of the 2019/20 academic year to look at ways in which we can continue to increase the number of children and young people we are able to support. Changes will be announced on this page towards the end of term.

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.