Bursary Schemes

The York Music Hub Bursary Schemes aim to provide support to those whose financial circumstances may prove to be a barrier to accessing music education opportunities, and who are not able to access support or assistance from other sources.

YMH Bursary

Consideration will be given to support for school age pupils (aged 5 to 18 years, and 5 to 25 years SEN/D pupils) who meet the following criteria:

  • residency in the York area;
  • a passion and enthusiasm for music;
  • financial, personal, domestic or other family circumstances that may restrict access to music provision appropriate to the child’s needs;
  • a commitment to continuing and/or future regular participation in York Music’s ensemble and/or performance programme.

Bursaries may be used to cover in part or in full the costs associated with instrumental lessons with one of our Approved Tutors. The programme has been set up to provide young people with the opportunity to learn to play in a one-on-one setting.

Awards are available at three fixed points during the school year. Bursaries commence from the beginning of the following term, are for a minimum of one term and a maximum of three terms, and will be reviewed at the end of the award period. Renewal is subject to the pupil’s attendance, behaviour and progress.

Applications should be made in the first instance by the child’s parent or carer and should include statements of support from the music tutor and/or music teacher and headteacher. If offered a bursary, parents/carers may be asked to provide evidence of family financial circumstances, before the bursary can be applied.

Decisions will be made on a individual basis and in the event of a successful application York Music Hub will inform the parent, suggested tutor, and also the school which your child attends. 




Merchant Taylor's Bursary

Up to 5 talented young musicians will get individual music tuition free, thanks to a new bursary scheme backed by the city’s Company of Merchant Taylors and the York Music Hub.

The scheme will help young musicians who are not able to afford the kind of specialist 1:1 instrumental tuition that is needed to realise their potential. 

York Music Hub, which is the city’s music education partnership, is now looking for young musicians who might be eligible for a bursary worth up to £600. 

Applicants must:

  • be 18 years or under whilst in receipt of a bursary,
  • be able to demonstrate both talent and potential (typically Grade 5 or above),
  • be eligible for free school meals or the pupil premium, or be looked after by the local authority,
  • live and/or go to school in York,
  • be learning with a Tutor approved by the York Music Hub

Applicants studying Music at GCSE or A Level, even if they have not yet achieved grade 5, may also be considered. 

There will be a maximum of 5 awards at any time, the scheme will last for 12 months in the first instance, with continued funding, up to an additional two years, depending on demonstrated progress. 

Applications are invited at any time and will be handled on a first come first serve basis. To apply please complete the form below, this can be done by a Music Teacher from school, parent, or instrumental teacher.


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Patrick Scott, Chair of the Music Hub said,
‘We are absolutely delighted to receive the support of Merchant Taylors Guild for this scheme, which is part of our commitment to ensure that young people are not hindered in their pursuit of musical success, by lack of money or support.’

Music4U Awards

In partnership with Music4U we are able to offer awards for individuals to take part in projects, holiday based music sessions, and other stand alone music activities. The awards, supported by Youth Music, will allow a young person (or persons) to engage with an event, that they might otherwise be unable to access.

Previous projects we have supported include attendance at orchestra and instrumental courses, subsidised places on residential trips abroad,  and introductory sessions to 'try things out'. 

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