Future Talent financial bursaries available for young musicians – applications now open

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 youfuture-talentng musicians on free school dinners would be eligible for one of their bursaries.

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.

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

Their Mentoring, Advice and Bursary Programme also offers free orchestral days and performance classes, mentoring with a professional musician/conductor and development opportunities. Their 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 teachers think their pupils would benefit from more financial support and further experience with other musicians, then please do encourage them to apply now as we welcome all applications. Further details about our different bursaries and a short video about Future Talent can be found on our website: futuretalent.org.

You will find our application guidelines, form and financial declaration online

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