Other Sources of Support

Other sources of financial support:

Tuition and progression

  • We have partnered with Wiltshire Rural Music on a Young Person’s Bursary to which parents/carers can apply with endorsement from a tutor. Details of which can be found here
  • Awards for Young Musicians and EMI Music Sound Foundation are national charities which give grants to children from low income families, who are learning at a higher level.
  • Local charities offer grants for individuals’ education which often includes musical learning.  Schools and Town and Parish Councils are good places to find out about local charities in your area.

Instruments and Equipment

  • Take it away – a scheme that aims to make musical instruments more accessible to children and young people by providing interest-free loans of up to £5,000.
  • EMI Music Sound Foundation Offers Funding for Schools to Purchase Musical Equipment.
  • Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme (AIPS) is no longer available through Wiltshire Council, but may be accessed through local authority schools if they’re willing to do the paperwork. We do not have a list of ‘nominated shops’ but have found both Noteworthy Music (Chippenham) and Music Room (Salisbury) to be supportive of Wiltshire Music Connect and what it seeks to achieve.
  • Benslow Instrument Loan Scheme is an UK charity that hires high quality instruments to talented young musicians.
  • Cherubim Music Trust loans professional calibre instruments to students (aged 15+) who intend to enter music college.
  • The ‘Felicity Belfield Music Trustwas formed in 1990 by Felicity Belfield to provide orchestral instruments for learners.