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The new season of awards for 2019-20 are here. Click on the different awards below to find out more.

London Music Fund

Key Stage 2

Online Teacher Nomination via EMS511e

This programme is for children who demonstrate

talent, potential and a commitment to learning an instrument, but whose families find it difficult to pay for them to continue their studies once free lessons in school stop.

In order to be considered for a Scholarship a child must have experienced a ‘first-access’ programme or have received at least one year’s tuition on their nominated or related instrument, be in key stage 2 in September 2019 and attend a non-fee paying school.

Music Services work with head teachers and music teachers to identify potential Scholars. There are currently 230 children from all 32 London boroughs (including 6 from Ealing) in receipt of a Scholarship. Key Award information can be found here.

  • Applications, via online teacher nomination form, open March 2020  
  • Deadline for applications:  8th May 2020
  • Selection Workshop: Week Beg: 18th May 2020


*NEW* Ealing Music Service Singing Awards

8 – 22 years

Online Video Application via EMS506e


Ealing Music Service is always looking for ways to expand its range of awards and bursaries for children and young people in Ealing. For 2020 we have introduced a NEW 2-year award for singers looking to continue their vocal development and take it to the next level.

2 x Junior Awards  – Singers in Year 4, 5 or 6 at time of application

2 x Senior Awards  – Singers in Year 7, 8, 9,10 or 11 at time of application

2 x Ealing Choral Society Award – Singers aged 16 – 22 at time of application

Pupils in years 4 – 11 must be Ealing residents and/or in full time education in an Ealing maintained school. The award *may be used for a range of provision including;  specialist vocal masterclasses and training, contribution towards cost of vocal lessons and/or choirs, membership of choir and/or band, accessories & equipment, attendance at concerts and events and the cost of an accompanist for exams or events.

The Ealing Choral Society Award includes membership to the Ealing Choral Society and therefore applicants must be able to join Ealing Choral Society Choir in order to receive this award.

All award run for 2 years from Summer 2020 for the Junior and Senior award and from Autumn 2020 for the Ealing Choral Society Award.

*(Use of award must be agreed in advance and include an element of additionality)

Priority will be given to applicants from families experiencing financial hardship (supporting evidence will be required). Contact Samantha Spence for more information

  • Applications, via video submission open NOW! 
  • Deadline for applications: 2nd March 2020
  • Shortlising: Week Beg: 16th March 2020
  • Auditions: April 2020 (Date TBC)


Leonardo Aggio Financial Trust Award

7 – 22 years

Online Parental Application via EMS502e


This grant enables talented young musicians in the borough to apply for a grant of £50 to £800 to help them develop their music by subsidising the cost of purchasing a musical instrument.

  • Applications, via online form, open NOW!
  • Deadline for applications: 2nd March 2020 
  • Auditions: April 2020 (Date TBC)



Alice Gross Memorial Song Writing Award

Years 10, 11 & 12

Online Student/Parent Application via EMS517e


Alice Gross was a promising musician and song writer who attended Brentside High and tragically lost her life in September 2014. She has been described as a loving, loyal and quirky girl, with a lively sense of comedy and a compassionate nature. She was a keen musician, who wrote and sang her own songs, played the violin and piano and was learning the guitar. Alice hoped, one day, to have a career in music.

This award is to honour her memory and the love she had in music making and in song writing in particular. It will be an opportunity for other young people to share their music, and gain recognition and support in reaching a musical goal. The winner will receive a day in a professional recording studio to record the winning song. Click here for footage of the previous winner, Elise McQueen with her song Mortal Souls.

Please use the links below to enter. If you experience any problems with the online form, please e-mail

  • Applications, via online application form, Now OPEN!
  • Deadline for applications: Extended to 23rd December 2019
  • Winner announced: Feb 2020


John Lyon Ealing – Junior Bursary Award

Age  7 – 11

Online Teacher/Tutor Application via EMS501e

Ealing Music Service are pleased to announce funding for a 2-year Junior Bursary Award to add to our list of John Lyon Ealing Awards. This award is open to pupils aged 7 – 11 at time of application who have been learning an instrument for at least 1 year and are at Grade 1 level or equivalent. Successful scholars will receive £645 per year towards the cost of musical provision and additional musical opportunites or provision currently not accessed.

  • Applications, via online application form, Now CLOSED!
  • Deadline for applications: 20th December 2019
  • Auditions: Jan 2020 (TBC)


Ealing Youth Orchestra EMS Orchestral Scholarships

Age 7 to 13

Parental Submission via EYO Application Form


The Ealing Music Service Orchestral Scholarship is provided with the support of Arts Council England to assist students of suitable ability from families with low disposable income to become members of Ealing Youth Orchestra. Scholarships are awarded for up to £210 towards the EYO subscription (currently £255 per academic year). Parents of successful applicants will be required to pay the remaining £45 subscription fee (or £15 per term).

To apply, please go to the EYO website

More EMS awards above – click on an award title for more details.

Non-Ealing Music Service Awards

The following are links to awards, bursaries and scholarships not affiliated to Ealing Music Service. EMS do not endorse these schemes and will be unable to help with an queries regarding applications.

Future Talent

Future talent was founded by the Duchess of Kent and supports gifted young musicians from low-income backgrounds.

The Eileen Rowe Musical Trust

The Eileen Rowe Musical Trust has been set up in memory of one of the UK’s finest and most naturally gifted piano teachers. Applications are invited from highly talented pianists up to and including the age of 21 years at the time of being granted the award, who are in need of financial

Making Music

Making Music presents a number of awards, bursaries and prizes to individual musicians, groups and organisations in both the voluntary and professional sector.

Worshipful Company of Musicians

Our awards lie at the heart of their activities. Medals are given to distinguished musicians and composers in recognition of great musical service. Prizes, scholarships and financial support are awarded to young professionals through auditions, competitions and interviews. This includes support for concerts, further training and financial aid for study and commissions.

Worshipful Company

Notting Hill & Ealing High School

Scholarships towards school fees are awarded at Year 7 and 12 entry. Girls should be grade 4 standard or above on their main instrument to be considered for this award.

St Benedict’s School

Pupils who wish to be considered for a St Benedict’s Music Scholarship should register by completing and returning the Music Scholarship application form. The Music Scholarship auditions are held in November each year. Successful candidates will have achieved a Grade 5 at 11+ and Grade 8 at 16+ or be at the equivalent standard in their main instrument.

Awards for Young Musicians (A-Y-M)

Giving talent a chance: A-Y-M remove financial and access barriers that prevent young people from achieving their ambitions to excel in making music. They inspire them to succeed

Awards Listing


EALING FESTIVAL of Music, Dance, Speech and Drama

April and May 2017 (70th anniversary)

A competitive event, open to all age groups, offering the opportunity to perform in public and receive friendly, constructive feedback from an experienced professional

For syllabus see Entry deadline (Music/Speech & Drama): 18/25 March


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