Music Progression Bursary

As a music education hub, we are committed to supporting young people’s musical progression and / or their personal development through music. 

Following our experiences with and learning from Awards for Young Musicians’ Furthering Talent programme, Wiltshire Music Connect has recognised the need for additional support for young people who may otherwise miss out –  pupils who show some musical potential but who also will benefit in other walks of life. 

We are introducing a new Bursary scheme for KS3 & KS4 pupils in early 2022.

This is a great opportunity for schools to secure additional support for particular pupils for whom this funding may make a huge difference

Schools need to lead on applications for this bursary and we encourage them to liaise with tutors and parents/carers to think creatively, beyond purely instrumental tuition, to support activities such as, but not exclusively the following:

  • musical experiences outside school that extend their learning
  • regular attendance at clubs, groups and ensembles (can include support for travel)
    peer support/mentoring
  • exams and competition entrance
  • extended tuition
  • funds for kit and instruments which are linked to supporting the pupils’ progress

Key Points

  • Timeline for applications: Bursary opens Wed 12 January 2021. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Mon 28 February 2022
  • Lead applicant to be the school – applications can only be made for individuals (Pupils/Parents and Associates to provide supporting information in application).
  • Funding for a period of 12 months from April 2022
  • 3 levels of Bursary available 1) £50 – £150 2) £151 – £250 3) £251 – £500
  • Approx £13k available to support up to 50 bursaries


Applicants must fall under the following categories to apply:

  • Aged 11-18 in full time education in a Wiltshire state funded school or college 
  • Be in receipt of Free School Meals, have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities or be a Looked After Child. We may also include young people with social, emotional, mental health or wellbeing issues in this category.
  • Have either had; 1 year of Wiltshire Music Connect tuition subsidy (taught by an Associate) or be a Year 7 pupil currently receiving instrumental/vocal lessons from a Wiltshire Music Connect Associate.

How will Bursary applications be assessed?

Applications will be checked for eligibility and then scored by a panel.

  • 65% of the score – will be based on application details, testimonies from Schools and Parents/Carers and the commitments being made by all parties involved
  • 35% of the score – will be based on how the bursary is intended to be used including an appropriate budget

Checklist for applying:

  • Identify eligible pupils
  • Statements of support from the school, parent/carer as to why they believe their child/pupil would benefit from receiving the Bursary (these will be 200 word maximum)
  • How will the Bursary be spent (budget)?
  • Identifying external resources/events/influences that could support an applicant’s development and application


The John Rayner Charitable Trust

is kindly supporting some of our new Bursaries

Click here for their site