In response to the Covid 19 pandemic, for 2020/21, we have taken the decision to substantially increase the funding for the Access Fund. It is clear that many families will be facing hardship and our primary ambition for the year ahead is to enable as many students as possible to pursue their musical ambitions.
As a Music Education Hub we aim to balance formal with informal routes to learning; schools and academy’s work with us to identify the best possible musical pathways for young musicians. But in these challenging financial times both school and individuals can face barriers to progressing their ideas and musical ambitions.
Through our school targeted Progression Grants, music coordinators are offered seed funding to take forward their ideas to support students take their next steps. In addition, our Access Fund offers individual’s facing economic hardship or personal challenges the chance to apply for financial support to advance their musical learning.
Who can apply?
Any young person who is…
· Aged 5 – 18 years old
· In full time education or resident across 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
· 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