London Music Fund

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 below.

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

Key Information

Name of Award: London Music Fund
Funded by: Mayor of London
Administered by: Ealing Music Service
Applications Open: 1 March 2021
Applications Close: 26 April 2021
Shortlisting: 26 – 30 April 2021
Workshop: 3 – 7 May 2021 (Date TBC)
Winners Announced: May 2021 (TBC)

Students must:

  • Demonstrate significant musical aptitude on an instrument that can be learned to a high level, taught in a small group and played in an ensemble.
  • Have demonstrated a commitment and an eagerness to continue regular practice and attend lessons, ensemble rehearsals, workshops and performances.
  • Have the potential to make substantial progress in music and benefit from all the activities a Scholarship offers.
  • Be from a family that is struggling to meet the costs of being trained as a musician.
  • Have full family support – Music Hub Lead Organisations must clearly explain what is expected from both the family and the scholar and gain agreement.
  • Be in Key Stage 2 in September 2019 and attend a non-fee paying Ealing school.
  • Have received at least one year’s tuition on their nominated or related instrument.

Nominated scholars must be able to take advantage of the following from September:

  • A programme of a minimum of 2 hours provision per week (excluding practice time).
  • Weekly instrumental tuition at a suitably challenging level, normally in small groups (2-6 per group) or, in exceptional circumstances, one-to-one.
  • Compulsory attendance at a weekly ensemble of a suitably challenging level.
  • Regular performance opportunities at school, music hub and elsewhere.
  • Invitations to attend special projects and go on trips to professional concerts.
  • A well maintained instrument which can be taken home.

  • Students must be nominated for by a teacher either Instrumental, Headteacher or Class Teacher. If a you feel that one or more of your pupils is suitable and might be eligible, you should submit the online form found within the AWARDS section before the deadline.
  • EMS will then contact families which they feel are most suitable to the Selection Workshop Afternoon (Date TBC but will be in Autumn Term and during the school day).
  • Any questions please contact Alexandra Buckle.

Application Form