Subsidies

Subsidy for tuition fees for academic year 24-25

We had to delay opening requests for instrumental/vocal tuition subsidies for 2024-25 because of the uncertainty caused by Arts Council England’s Music Hub Investment Programme. We now know that Wiltshire Music Connect will not be the Hub Lead Organisation (HLO) for Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire from September 2024 onwards. 

The new Hub Lead Organisation, GSW Music Hub, has assured us that they want to continue with our existing tuition subsidy scheme and have given us the go ahead to start accepting tuition subsidy requests for AY2024-24.  Initial subsidy payments will come from Wiltshire Music Connect, but payments post-December 2024 will come from GSW Music Hub. 

We have a new portal for schools to make tuition subsidy requests for 2024-25; if you are planning to make a request/s you will need to ask for a login to the new portal (only schools can access the portal – not Associates):

Schools and learners can only access our subsidies if they are using Associate tutors. If you are not sure if your tutor is an Associate you can check in our   

Important Information about subsidies:

  • Subsidies are based on either an individual 15 minute lesson, a shared 20 minute or a shared 30 minute lesson.
  • Subsidies are available when one of our Associates is providing the tuition and they are being paid the equivalent of £30.40 – £40.80 p/h. This is not to include a school’s admin fee, if there is one.
  • We suggest that Associates should be paid the equivalent of £36.65 – £40.80 p/h for Instrumental and Vocal tuition.
  • Subsidy requests need to come from schools and subsidy payments can only be made to schools.
  • Requests cannot be made retrospectively.
  • Sessions are not to be compressed or doubled up. We expect lessons to be spread out across the academic year (e.g. 1 session per week).
  • We do not require proof of a pupils SEND – no EHCP is required.
  • A pupil can only be supported to learn with ONE Associate Tutor per academic year.

We have a limited budget for tuition subsidy – we encourage schools to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Where it simply isn’t possible for a pupil to get the tuition they need in school, we can support eligible pupils’ tuition with Associates outside of school.  Please email us to discuss this on a case by base basis.