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Financial bursaries for young musicians – application deadline 16 Jan 2017

4th January 2017

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 one of our bursaries.


Bursaries of up to £2,000 per year can be used on anything that will help nurture a young musician’s talent, other than school fees. For example, funds can be used for lessons, a new instrument or case, courses and exam fees or maintenance. We support instrumentalists, singers, and musicians from any genre.


We do not have a specific grade requirement or level that needs to be reached, but rather we try to weigh up the financial need/talent/potential of each musician. Some examples of the kind of musicians we support are below:

  • A talented 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 through natural talent, who would really benefit from taking part in a course, or who needs some more support towards a better instrument.
  • A young musician who takes part in a weekly ensemble, but who is having to stop lessons due to financial constraints.
  • 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.


Our Mentoring, Advice and Bursary Programme also offers free orchestral days and performance classes, mentoring with a professional musician/conductor and development opportunities. Our 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.


If you know of any musicians who would benefit from more financial support and further experience with other musicians, then please do encourage them to apply now. Further details about our different bursaries and a short video about Future Talent can be found on our website:


You will find our application guidelines, form and financial declaration online, and if you or your musicians have any questions then we would be more than happy to help. Please feel free to email me at, or telephone on 0203 457 1312.


If you would like me to email some electronic flyers and application documents, or send you some hard copy flyers to hand out, then please do email me.


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