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Folkworks Summer Schools Bursaries

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Folkworks Summer Schools are open to all children and young people, whatever their circumstances. We are keen to encourage applicants from the widest possible range of backgrounds to access a bursary where needed.

We do not want any students to be excluded from Folkworks Summer Schools because of the cost, therefore we offer a number of bursaries to Youth and Junior participants. Bursaries are not awarded based on musical ability or merit. They are awarded based on need and assessed on a case by case basis. They have previously supported young people to attend including:

  • Low income families
  • Families with multiple children attending Summer Schools
  • Support for special access and additional needs
  • Young people who have experienced being in care at any point
  • Young people experiencing other challenging circumstances

If you are uncertain whether you should apply, please get in touch to discuss your needs with us. We have also been successful in past years referring participants to other funders to get their fees fully funded.

To apply for a bursary please fill in this form. If you have any questions about support in paying for Folkworks Summer Schools please contact [email protected].

The deadline for bursary applications is Monday 15 June 2020.


External Opportunities

The money available each year can vary and is limited. Therefore a greater volume of applicants can result in participants receiving a different amount than the previous year. We prioritise households with an income of below £30,000, and would therefore suggest if you have a household income above this amount that you also investigate the other bursaries recommended below.

Awards for Young Musicians

Awards are available to young instrumentalists aged 5 – 17. All genres welcome. The application deadline is Monday 27 April 2020.

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Future Talent Bursaries

Future Talent is a very special charity that gives financial support and guidance to young musicians aged between 5 and 18 who are clearly demonstrating outstanding musical ability or potential, but for whatever reason do not have the financial means to reach their goal.

3 financial awards are available depending on age and circumstances. Applications for 20/21 bursaries and scholarships open in April 2020.

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Young Musicians Fund

Young Musicians Fund was established in 1996 by Kathryn Tickell to develop the musical skills of children and young people in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Durham, under the age of 18 who are struggling to pay for tuition fees or want help to purchase an instrument. There are two application deadlines per year (approx. May and September).

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Christine Brown Trust

The Christine Brown Trust for Young Musicians offers financial support to exceptionally talented young musicians under 19 years of age, who are UK residents and who are experiencing financial hardship.

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The Wingate Foundation

The Wingate Foundation recognises that music is seriously under-funded in the UK and will consider applications for support in the areas of music performance and education. An important criterion will be whether, in the opinion of the Trustees, the funding sought will make a significant difference to the applicant’s prospects.

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