In response to the pandemic we have taken the decision to substantially increase the funding for the 20/21 Access Fund. Many families are now facing hardship and one of our big ambitions for the year ahead is to help as many students as possible get back on track to pursue their musical ambitions, despite the challenges of this year.
As a Hub, over the years we have 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.
Any young person who is…
*Applications must be supported in writing with a letter from Youth or social worker/Responsible adult
You can apply for financial assistance of up to £450. The grant can be used to support 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.
This funding cannot be used for
· Purchasing musical instruments (it can be used to cover the cost of hiring an instrument from our Instrument loan library)
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 committee meets on the last Tuesday of every-month during term time but does not meet during summer (Late July – August). The award can take between 2 and 4 weeks to be paid.
A review committee will assess and score each application on merit against four criteria
Where scores are equal and funds limited, priority will be given to applications where greatest financial need is demonstrated