Why Associates?

Why do we only provide access to subsidies and instrument hire through Associates?

Our Associates have:

  • Been through an application process which addresses their skills and abilities as teachers / tutors / music leaders as well as Safeguarding
  • Up to date DBS / Insurance and Child Protection training
  • Commitment to develop their skills on an ongoing basis through training & continuing professional development
  • Connections to a wider network of advice support and progression opportunities

We need to be sure that our public funding is being used to support activities being delivered by quality assured providers.

If you use providers who are not Associates but would like to be able to access our subsidies and instrument hire scheme then the solution is to ask or expect them to become an Associate.

We welcome new applicants, click here for the process or on the thumbnail for the leaflet.

Associates’ rates

We suggest that Associates should be paid certain rates for particular types of work – particularly Instrumental & Vocal Tuition and First Access.

Our subsidies can’t apply if Associates are receiving less than the specified amounts detailed in the subsidy information.

It’s fair to expect that skilled professionals should be paid well.

As the majority of Associates are working on a freelance basis, their hourly rate effectively includes the costs of:

  • Being properly insured
  • Being DBS checked & subscribing to the Update Service
  • Undertaking Training & CPD
  • Keeping up to date on Safeguarding