Create Music Young Musician's Bursary Fund

Families on low incomes are eligible for discounts on the price of group lessons, instrument hire and area music centre membership (one instrument per child). 

*Discounts are not available for individual lessons. 

Bursaries are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to meeting financial criteria, for one activity each year, or part of a year. All bursary awards are subject to sufficient funds being available. 

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Our Young Musician's Bursary Fund is kindly supported by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation


The student needs to be attending a Brighton & Hove or East Sussex state school,

In full-time primary, secondary or further education (usually Year 13 or below)

From a family whose household income is under £20,000 before tax and receive one of the following:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income based Employment Support Allowance
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Pension Credit

If your child's school falls under East Sussex County Council, it may provide a further discount for group lessons and we will apply to the school on your behalf for this additional funding. We will let you know the final amount of discount and price before the lessons start.

How to Apply:

Please add the Young Musician’s Bursary Application (found on the right hand side) when applying for lessons on our website.

Applications will only be accepted if accompanied by evidence of income/ benefits/ supporting statements. This can include scans or photographs of letters and statements from HMRC/DWP detailing the benefit award.

Tax Credits 

If you wish to apply for a bursary and are in receipt of Tax Credits, you need to attach the following pages from your  2021-22 Tax Credit Award to your application:

  • The front cover
  • The page which gives details of your household earned income
  • Part 2 which shows how your Working Tax Credit is calculated if you receive it.

Universal Credit

If you are receiving Universal Credit, please submit all pages of your 3 most recent monthly statements and we will be able to let you know if you are eligible to receive a subsidy.

We are unable to refund retrospectively if you do not apply for a bursary at the time you apply for tuition.  Please remember to enclose your documents as we will need them in order to process your application. Please let us know if your circumstances change.

Looked After Children

‘Looked After Children’ (LAC) means children in public care, who are placed with foster carers, in residential homes or with parents or other relatives. LAC are entitled to a 100% bursary for group lessons.

Apply to the Young Musician's Bursary Fund