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Help with costs

We want to make sure that nothing stops you making music

We know that music plays such an important part of improving young people’s well-being and brings with it life-long benefits.

At West Sussex Music, we understand that music lovers come in all shapes and sizes from all different backgrounds.  We are committed to making music accessible for all.

For those of you who may need help with costs, we can help with the fees and instrument hire through the West Sussex Music Bursary Fund so you can get playing today!

The West Sussex Music Bursary Fund is for children and young people aged 5-18 years of age, living in West Sussex and attending a West Sussex maintained school (local authority, academy or free school).  This fund, supported by our national music education hub grant, helps with the fees and instrument hire for your child’s music education.

Find out what reductions are available for you below and apply today

100% Reduction

For pupils learning with West Sussex Music, or with our Associate Tutors:
100% reduction of fees for group lessons [one instrument only], music centre and instrument hire, to pupils who are either:

• In receipt of benefits-related Free School Meals
• Children in Care

The pupil’s school and/or local authority will be asked to confirm eligibility.

Please note that pupils learning with an Associate Tutor need to ask their school and Associate Tutor for more details. West Sussex Music has a scheme to refund the school directly.

50% Reduction

For pupils learning with a West Sussex Music teacher only:

50% reduction of fees for group lessons [one instrument only], music centre and instrument hire to pupils whose school is unable to support them through pupil premium funding and whose parent/carer receives one or more of the following:

  • Income Support/Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Child Tax Credit/ Working Tax Credit/Universal Credit
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
  • Unaccompanied Minors – Refugees
  • Asylum Support

You will be asked to provide a copy/scan of one supporting document with your application form. This will be required every year.

We’re committed to enabling all children and young people to access music education.  If you feel you need support but do not qualify according to the criteria listed, please complete the online application form and submit details of your circumstances.

Bursary fund application

Step 1 of 3

  • Parent/Carer Details

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