Access Fund

SoundStorm, as lead partner for the Music Education Hub for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, is committed to ensuring that all young people can access opportunities to progress in music and believe that personal circumstances should not be a barrier to progression. As part of our inclusion strategy we can offer financial support to contribute towards the cost of participating in musical activities that are part of the Music Education Hub partners programme.

Download the application form

Who can apply?

Any young person who is…

  • Aged 5 – 18 years old
  • In full time education at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole School (Free school, Local Authority maintained or Academy)
  • Looking to participate in/progress in music but is unable to cover the full fees

What can I apply for?

You can apply for financial assistance up to £250 to contribute to the cost of progressing in music.

What do you mean by the Music Education Hub partners programme?

The Music Education Hub is a partnership of local music providers who are working together to improve the provision of music education in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Funding from the Access Fund must be used to access activity that are either offered directly by SoundStorm (such as our ensembles or singing groupsor offered by one of our partners 

The only exception to this is where an applicant can demonstrate that the activity they wish to take part in is directly linked to an activity that is part of the hubs programme (for example, a student may wish to take ukulele lessons following a term of First Access Ukulele delivered in partnership with your school).

If you are unsure if the music activity you wish to take part in qualifies, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01202 451508 and we will be happy to assist you. Schools may also be able to provide you with information about whether they work with SoundStorm or our Partners

What will you not fund?

This funding cannot be used for

  • Purchasing musical instruments (although it can be used to cover the cost of hiring an instrument from our Instrument loan library)
  • Musical activities that are not associated with our Music Education Hub such as national ensembles, summer schools, performing arts schools etc. (please visit the Richard Ely Trust website to see if this local charity can assist you with these costs
  • Applications from an applicant who has received funding within the last 12 months.

How do you assess applications?

Applications for financial support are ongoing and there is no deadline for submission but we recommend that you submit an application with as much notice as possible. The review committee meets on the last Tuesday of every-month during term time.

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 music offer and the applicants enthusiasm for music

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

Download an application form

Download our Access and Participation Statement

For more information please contact Michael Armstrong