Does your child have a musical talent but needs support, guidance and financial help?


Applications now open for bursaries

Future Talent is actively looking for musicians from music services and hubs.

Future Talent supports gifted young musicians from low income backgrounds from anywhere in the UK. This is typically families who have a household income of around £30,000 per year, or less, before tax (incl. benefits). Any young musicians on free school dinners would be eligible for a bursary.

Bursaries of up to £2,000 per year can be used on anything that will help nurture a young musician’s talent. For example, funds can be used for lessons, a new instrument or case, courses or maintenance.

There is no specific grade requirement or level that needs to be reached, but rather the financial need/talent/potential of each musician is weighed up. Some examples of the kind of musicians we support are below:

  • A 16/17 year old, grade 7/8 musician who is planning to study music in higher education and needs their own instrument or extra lessons.

  • A 13 year old who has been learning for a few years and is progressing really quickly, who would really benefit from taking part in an ensemble/orchestral course, or who needs some more support with costs.

  • A year 5 or 6 continuer, who has gone through wider opportunities, and has managed to reach grade 2/3 standard by the end of primary school, but whose parents cannot afford to carry on with lessons.

The Mentoring, Advice and Bursary Programme also offers free orchestral days and performance classes, mentoring with a professional musician/conductor and development opportunities. The aim is to give talented young musicians an equal chance to enter a musical career, who might otherwise not get the opportunity due to lack of funds or experience.

The Charity is now accepting applications for a 2017/18 Bursary. The closing date is Monday 16 January 2017.

Further details about our different bursaries and a short video about Future Talent can be found on the website: futuretalent.org.

Application guidelines, form and financial declaration online

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