Bursaries

About Our Bursaries

We fund bursaries through three different access channels :

1) Via Our Music Education Charity Partners

Every year the Trust funds a number of bursaries for applicants living in Surrey and the South East selected by our Partners Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) and Future Talent. Applicants for these awards which are each worth £500 per annum should apply to AYM and Future Talent directly. More information about these awards, the award criteria  and application process can be found here.

2) Via Surrey Arts

Surrey Arts (formerly Surrey Music Services) provides music lessons in many Surrey State Schools. They identify and nominate applicants to us.

Surrey Arts Music Lessons - South Camberley Primary & Nursery School

 
3) Via Direct Applications

Any child or parent can apply to us directly for financial support 

The funding criteria for bursaries awarded via Surrey Arts and via Direct Applications are described below in Who we Support and What we Support.

Who We Support
Financial Criteria

We believe that all young people should be able to experience the joy of making music. None should be precluded from doing so due to financial barriers. We focus on helping young people who would not otherwise have music opportunities because of financial constraints.
We currently apply the following funding criteria:
• Annual gross combined family income should normally be at or below £30,000 but exceptions will be considered.
• Applicants are unlikely to be eligible if either…
o annual gross family income exceeds £40,000 except in very exceptional circumstances OR
o where government or other public funding for lessons is available (for example, through Surrey Arts where pupils qualify for free school meals).
We will require appropriate evidence of income or relevant financial circumstances for direct bursary applications before providing funds and require the organisations we work with (e.g. Surrey Arts) to do likewise. Typical evidence would be 3 months’ of payslips or most recent tax self-assessment income summary
• The trust normally provides co-funding. We will usually award bursaries covering 50% of costs with families or guardians normally expected to provide the other 50% of costs. Funding up to 75% may be available for households with significantly lower income levels.

Ability and Progression

Ability and Progression
CKT believes in music for all. Applicants can be at any level of ability and any stage of music progression from beginner to advanced. CKT aims to fund a mix of abilities and progression levels.

We expect a reasonable level of commitment and participation from students receiving bursaries
and will ask music teachers for reports on pupils to confirm ongoing commitment and participation.

Geography

For Surrey Arts and direct applications we support applicants living in Surrey. Applicants living in
London and the South East will only be considered by exception. Where we support bursaries
through our charity partners, we prefer to support candidates who live in Surrey, and will consider
applicants who live in London or the South East but only by exception elsewhere in the UK.

Age

We fund children and young people at or under the age of 18.CKT believes in music for all.  Applicants can be at any level of ability and any stage of music progression from beginner to advanced.  CKT aims to fund a mix of abilities and progression levels.

We do expect a reasonable level of commitment and participation from students receiving bursaries and will  ask music teachers for reports on pupils to confirm ongoing commitment and participation.

 

What We Support

Our main focus is co-funding group or individual instrumental lessons provided by any professional music teacher (whether or not linked to Surrey Arts)

However we will also consider applications to co-fund  costs and fees for

> exams

> accompanists for exams

> participation in music courses, workshops and ensembles normally where applicants are receiving regular tuition (whether or not funded by the Trust)

The trust does not currently fund

> theory lessons or theory exams

> instrument hire or purchase.

> applications to commence music lessons where the primary purpose appears to be to meet requirements of the GCSE syllabus (although this exclusion may be waived in exceptional cases and the exclusion does not affect the continued funding of students already taking lessons who go on to do GCSE music )

We require that all applicants for bursaries are taught by suitable music teachers or music leaders
who must be named in the application. The assessment of whether a teacher is suitable depends on
experience, professional qualifications, DBS disclosure, membership of professional associations,
safeguarding policies, independence and teaching rates (which must be reasonable and in line with
market rates).

Click here for details how to apply.