Access Fund 2021/22

As we emerge from the lockdown, many families are continuing to face financial hardship; last year we helped fund over 50 young musicians to take forward their tuition.  Looking ahead to 2021/22, we remain committed to supporting as many students as possible to get back on track and pursue their musical ambitions. 

Over the years the Hub has championed both formal and informal routes to learning; schools and academies work with us to offer the best possible musical pathways for those studying music. But we’re also here to support many of those young musicians who are making their own music, often outside of school. However, given the demand last year, we have had to reduce the level of funding you can apply for to £300. 

You can download the updated application form below 

Who can apply?

Any young person who is…

  • Aged 5 – 18 years old
  • In full-time education or resident across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (Free school, Local Authority maintained or an Academy)
  • Looking to participate in/progress in music but is unable to cover the full fees
  • Aged 16 – 18 but currently not in employment, training or education*

*Applications must be supported in writing with a letter from Youth or social worker/Responsible adult

What can I apply for?

You can apply for financial assistance of up to £300. The grant can be used to part-fund individual tuition fees, membership of an ensemble, taking part in a summer school (musical), taking an exam or attending a particular event that supports progression. We will also consider applications requesting support for National ensemble applications.

Please ensure you read the Terms & Conditions below; applications that are incomplete will be returned. You can email us with any questions at 

What will you not fund?

This funding cannot be used for

  • Applications from an applicant who has received funding within the last 12 months
  • College fees
  • Previous debts
  • Purchasing musical instruments (it can be used to cover the cost of hiring an instrument from our Instrument loan scheme)

How do you assess applications?

Applications for financial support are welcome throughout the year and there is no deadline for submission but we recommend that you submit an application with due consideration to timescales i.e. when the funds will be required. The review panel meets on the last Tuesday of every month during term time but does not meet during summer (Late July – August). The award can take up to 4 weeks to be paid.

The panel will assess and score each application on merit against four criteria

  • Financial need
  • Special educational or developmental needs
  • Additional extenuating circumstances
  • Musical impact, including evidence of a progression pathway, the quality of the offer, and the applicants’ commitment to music (e.g. evidenced through previous activity and memberships)

Please note that the panel will favour applications that demonstrate some financial commitment. 

Where scores are equal and funding is limited (usually towards the end of Spring or Summer term), priority will be given to applications where the greatest financial need is demonstrated


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855 Ringwood Road
Bournemouth, Dorset
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