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Kent Music Financial Assistance

As of January 2021, all our ongoing music tuition and ensembles will take place online until the end of the spring term. This is in response to the newly announced government guidelines.

We are pleased that we can continue to provide high quality lessons and ensembles despite not being face-to-face.

We hope that continuing lessons, courses, and ensembles in this way during the new national lockdown will provide some much-needed stability for you in ever-changing times.

Please find more information on how we’re ensuring access to music during COVID-19 on our dedicated page here.

The Kent Music Financial Assistance Scheme for the academic year 2020/21 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 Financial Assistance Criteria document, linked 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

Applications for the new academic year 2020-21 are now open.

New and existing students can register via the button below. Applications may be made throughout the academic year but are only awarded from the term the application is received and are not backdated.

On completion, the application form will link electronically with our registration system which will then enable applications to be processed more quickly and enable better communication

If you have any issues or questions about your Financial Assistance application, please email Gail Batty on gbatty@kent-music.com.

To offer continuity of lessons existing beneficiaries should reapply now. Applications received from existing beneficiaries received after 28th August 2020 will be processed as new applications and cannot be guaranteed.

Other funding opportunities

ABRSM Scholarships and Funding

Awards for Young Musicians
Awards for Young Musicians can offer financial support for a range of musical costs for talented young musicians.

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.

Talents and Interests grant scheme
The scheme is designed to support young people identified by their schools and communities. A trusted adult from the school and/or communities can apply for a grant on the young person’s behalf in order to access hobbies such as sports, the arts or music.