Bursaries

We want every young person to be able to join the Centre for Young Musicians Taunton (CYMT). So we offer a range of bursaries to help make this possible.

We can offer:

  • full bursaries that cover all the fees
  • bursaries that cover part of the fees
  • bursaries to cover travel costs to CYMT in Taunton

We try to keep the whole application process as simple and quick as possible and of course it goes without saying that everything is completely confidential. We can help you with completing your application and we’re always on-hand to answer any questions. Get in touch with us today and we can tell you more about how to apply.

We are able to offer bursaries thanks to the generosity of several funding bodies including the Guildhall School Access Agreement, Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation,  Sound Foundation Somerset  and  Somerset Music Education Hub with funds from Arts Council England. Our bursaries are an investment into support young musicians attending CYMT from the first day they join up to the end of Year 13 if they wish to stay on the course and they are still eligible for funding.

All bursaries are granted annually and must be applied for annually.  There are deadlines for bursary applications so please get in touch today to find out when you need to apply by.

Are you eligible for a bursary?

Fee bursaries – these means-tested and may be either a full fee waiver (for households with a declared residual household income of less than £30,000) or a partial fee waiver (for households with a declared residual income of up to £45,000 p.a.).

Travel bursaries are available for students who live in West Somerset. This area has been identified as a priority for funding by the Government and the Guildhall School Access Agreement supports students’ travel costs from West Somerset attending CYMT’s Saturday term time activities. Travel bursaries are awarded on a means-tested basis.

How do you apply for a fee bursary?

Applications for a fees bursary are invited from parents / carers of all young musicians aged 5 – 18 whether students are new to CYMT or currently enrolled at CYMT. Get in touch with us first to ask any questions and we will send you the forms you need to complete.

Alternatively, if you are ready to start applying now, please find the bursary application form at this link. 

When completing the bursary application online you may like to consult these two supporting documents:

Bursary Procedure & Regulations CYMT 2021-22

Guidelines Regarding Bursary Applications CYMT 2021-22

All bursary applications will be considered in strict confidence and with reference to the strict criteria for bursary funding.  

Please click here for the CYMT term dates for 2021-22.

How do you apply for a travel bursary?

To apply for a travel bursary you need to write a letter to CYMT requesting a travel bursary. The  letter should be sent by email to taunton@cym.org.uk 

Travel bursary applications will be considered in strict confidence and with reference to the strict criteria for bursary funding.  

Please click here for the CYMT term dates for 2021-22.