Support for Young Musicians
There are many reasons why children may not be able to take part in lessons or activity. The Music Service has several support schemes and bursary options to help children and families in more challenging circumstances access provision.
The Music Service works closely with local charity, ‘Friends of Staffordshire’s Young Musicians’ (FOSYM). Every year, FOSYM awards are made to pupils in need of financial support to continue with their musical learning. There is no means testing, awards are granted if the school and instrumental teacher are happy to support the application from the family.
Our partnership with ‘Awards for Young Musicians’ (AYM) for the past decade has enabled places to be available through ‘Furthering Talent’ each year for young musicians.
‘Furthering Talent’ is designed to help musical young people from low-income families from the moment the first sparks of potential appear. We support their instrumental learning far beyond initial state-funded lessons, so they can keep on playing music well into their teens and beyond. With Youth Music’s help we’re now supporting upwards of 500 young people across England.
You can find out more about Awards for Young Musicians and Furthering Talent by visiting the AYM website Furthering Talent – Awards for Young Musicians (a-y-m.org.uk)
Looked After Children
Working closely with the ‘Virtual School’ in Staffordshire, all children who are looked after or in care can access music lessons at no charge. Sessions can take place individually or as part of an established group depending on the preferences of the child, carer, and school.
You can read more about the Virtual School in Staffordshire here – About the Virtual School – Staffordshire County Council
Further Support and Guidance
Beyond these three strands of support, the Music Service will always support any individual where additional need exists. If you are unsure how to access music lessons or need help finding the right support scheme, then please contact us.