Bursary Scheme

The Lewisham Music Bursary Scheme aims to provide support to those whose financial circumstances may prove to be a barrier to accessing music education opportunities, and who are not able to access support or assistance from other sources.


Consideration will be given to support for school age pupils (aged 5 to 18 years, and 5 to 25 years SEN/D pupils) who meet the following criteria:


  • residency in the London Borough of Lewisham;

  • a passion and enthusiasm for music;

  • a track record of good punctuality and attendance in relation to their participation in the music education opportunity that the bursary will support (if applicable);

  • financial, personal, domestic or other family circumstances that may restrict access to music provision appropriate to the child’s needs;

  • a commitment to continuing and/or future regular participation in Lewisham Music’s ensemble and/or performance programme.


Bursaries may be used to cover in part or in full the costs associated with a Lewisham Music or Lewisham Music hub partner instrumental or vocal learning programme, instrument hire or one-off awards to cover the costs of activities such as a holiday course, examination entry, learning resources or a music project. The level of funding allocated is assessed on a case by case basis at the discretion of Lewisham Music, and it is subject to availability of funding.


Awards are available at three fixed points during the school year. Bursaries commence from the beginning of the following term, are for a minimum of one term and a maximum of three terms, and will be reviewed at the end of the award period. Renewal is subject to the pupil’s attendance, behaviour and progress.


Applications should be made in the first instance by the child’s parent or carer and should include statements of support from the music tutor and/or music teacher and headteacher. If offered a bursary, parents/carers will be asked to provide evidence of family financial circumstances, before the bursary can be applied.


Decisions will be made by a panel made up of Lewisham Music senior managers and trustees. There is no right of appeal against final decisions made by the Bursary Panel. Feedback will be provided to all applicants. Re-submitted applications will be considered if family circumstances change, but only on two further occasions.


How to apply for a bursary

We are currently reviewing the bursary application process, please email info@lewishammusic.org for details about how you can apply.


If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.