Funding opportunities

Music Education Grants (MEG)

All maintained schools and academies are entitled to claim the MEG annually which is currently £400. The application includes providing data from the previous academic year, to report back to Arts Council England and is open from the summer term until early in the autumn term.

Instrumental and vocal tuition bursaries for secondary school students

A fixed budget will be set aside each year to subsidise instrumental and vocal tuition for secondary school students in Devon and Torbay. All maintained, academy, free schools and special schools with secondary phase students are eligible to receive this funding.

The amount that each school will receive will be a pro rata allocation calculated on the number of secondary phase students on role who were eligible for free school meals the previous academic year. The head of music or headteacher can use their own discretion on which students are subsidised and by how much. Generally this would be for students eligible for free school meals, however this does not always have to be the case, for example a particularly talented student, not eligible for FSM, for whom instrumental or vocal lessons would have a significant impact in their future but financial means are a barrier.

The school must make a return to the Hub at the end of each academic year showing:

  • the individual students who were subsidised (anonymised by listing as a number or a letter)
  • the instrument learnt
  • total cost of lessons
  • amount of subsidy
  • name of visiting music teacher (VMT) who delivered the lessons

The schools Music Development Lead may quality assure the process through a brief visit or conversation during the academic year.

The overall impact and effectiveness of the scheme will be assessed over a three-year period. This assessment will include a yearly comparison, including pre-pandemic years, based on the proportion of students on role receiving instrumental or vocal tuition and the proportion of those students who are of lower economic means.

Applications are made by half term for that term’s tuition.

Apply for the Bursary Scheme

Instrumental Kick-Start Scheme

Please note: We are no longer accepting applications for Kick-Start, but hope to offer this opportunity again in Autumn 2022 and Spring 2023.

Primary schools in Devon and Torbay are invited to apply for a limited number of grants to help fund initiatives to kick start instrumental take up of a selection of brass, woodwind and strings. Applications will be chosen on the basis of the need to improve instrumental take-up, geographical spread, and the school’s strategy to support and facilitate continuation.

The funding is to help primary schools provide small group instrumental lessons to ten new starters for a term during 2021/22, either free of charge or at a significantly reduced cost. This is separate from, and in addition to, the MEG allocation which all schools are eligible for, which can be used to fund Whole Class Ensemble Tuition.

To apply, schools will need to engage a Visiting Music Teacher for a minimum of one hour per week for ten weeks, which will typically cost £300-£350. Successful schools will be able to claim £230 towards this cost, funding the remaining amount either directly, by charging parents, or a mixture of the two. The school will be responsible for collecting money from parents and receiving the grant, and then paying the Visiting Music Teacher directly. Successful schools will also be able to hire a set of ten instruments, from a dedicated menu of sets put aside for this scheme, at no cost for the term (see the application form for availability). Although, as the hirer, the school will be responsible for loss or damage, the school can, at its discretion, allow instruments to be taken home by pupils. The school will be responsible for having all instruments available for collection at the end of this period or for ensuring the transfer of the hire agreement to the parent.

This funding is limited to the specified sets of instruments and only one grant per successful school.
The school’s area Music Development Lead will work with the school to implement the scheme and can help to develop a strategy to ensure continuation.

Apply for the Kick-start Scheme