Access Fund

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.


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 £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.

What will you not fund?

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 from an applicant who has received funding within the last 6 months
  • College fees
  • Previous debts

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 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

  • 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)

Where scores are equal and funds limited, priority will be given to applications where greatest financial need is demonstrated


Phone + 01202 123012
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c/o Absolute Music
3-5 Knighton Heath Estate
855 Ringwood Road
Bournemouth, Dorset
BH11 8NE


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