Working with Hackney Learning Trust’s Music Service, Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe has established a fund to help local young musicians, and is now welcoming applications for the first set of awards in the autumn school term.
The awards are open to local schools’ music departments. The three award categories are:
- Pupil Award of up to £1,000 – for achievement in instrumental learning (nominated by their school; one award for a primary school pupil, one for secondary)
- Instrumental Ensemble Award of up to £5,000 – to support instrumental ensemble development in schools (one award for a primary school, one for secondary)
- Excellence in Music Education Award of up to £3,000 – to recognise excellence in primary and secondary music practice (awarded to a school)
The Mayor’s Music Fund is an independent charity with the Mayor of London as Founder Patron. They provide grants every year to enable children and young people across every London borough to develop their musical potential, through 4-year scholarships and by opportunities to learn from and perform alongside professionals. Applications to the scheme in Hackney are via Hackney Music Service and must be completed in May of each year. Children who will be going into a KS2 class the following September, who are in danger of facing significant barriers to accessing musical tuition and who have demonstrated real potential on their instrument are eligible to apply.
Future Talent is a very special charity that gives financial support and guidance to young musicians aged between 5 and 18 who are clearly demonstrating outstanding musical ability or potential, but for whatever reason do not have the financial means to reach their goal.
They support musicians from all musical genres and awards are given for a variety of purposes including the purchase of instruments, music lessons, fees for specialist training courses and membership to national training ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Choir. They also offer advice and guidance to each musician and their families so as to ensure that everyone they help feels fully supported.
AYM help exceptional young people who need financial and other forms of support to progress their musical talent. They remove financial and access barriers that prevent young people from achieving their ambitions to excel in making music. If you are aged between five and seventeen you are eligible to apply. AYM support instrumentalists who can demonstrate both financial need and exceptional musical talent and potential. An AYM award can help with costs including buying or hiring an instrument, music lessons, weekend music schools, music courses, orchestra fees, travel. AYM’s annual awards programme closes in March each year.
NYAT provide bursaries for music lessons and dance classes for those who cannot afford to fund themselves. Funding is provided in the form of bursaries for tuition, music, notebooks, exams and travel expenses where required. Their aspiration is to ensure that no significantly talented pupil is denied the opportunity to develop that talent. Musicians aged between seven and twenty five can apply. To be eligible you must be in full or part-time education and be eligible for Pupil Premium. You must have a sponsor supporting your application – this can be Hackney Music Service for those pupils that learn with an HMS tutor or take part in an HMS ensemble.
The EMI Music Sound Foundation provides two types of awards: Firstly, the Instrument and/or Equipment awards which allows schools, music teachers and individuals in full time education to apply directly to the Foundation for assistance with the purchase of musical instruments and/or equipment. Secondly, the Bursary awards which allow students at the colleges/organisations detailed below to apply for assistance with fees and/or living expenses (these are handled directly by the college/organisation).