Bursaries

Welcome!  The Centre for Young Musicians Taunton is a fantastic Saturday music school in the South West offering great opportunities to its students, with top quality music tutors with dedication and drive. The Centre is a very friendly and very happy place full of like-minded, budding young musicians. It’s so much more than one individual music lesson and for parents/carers it represents excellent value for money.

FINANCIAL HELP

Centre for Young Musicians Taunton (CYMT) has a range of bursaries available for learners: bursaries for full fees, part fees, and travel bursaries.

They are not difficult to apply for but they do take a bit of explaining (hence this detailed web page), as well as some of your time in completing the relevant application forms and providing the appropriate supporting documents.

There are two funding bodies that have awarded bursaries to students at CYMT: the Guildhall School Access Agreement and Sound Foundation Somerset, the Government’s music education hub for Somerset with funds from Arts Council England.  All bursaries are granted annually and as such must be applied for annually.  Bursaries for 2018-19 are open to new students as well as those continuing at CYMT.

The Guildhall Access Agreement scheme is fully committed to supporting young musicians attending CYMT from the first day they join the Centre up to the end of Year 13 if they wish to stay on the course, which we hope they will.  The benefits of students’ experiences at CYMT are far-reaching and potentially life-changing.

Fee bursaries are awarded on a means-tested basis. The bursaries awarded 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 between £30,000 and £46,000). Due to the number of applications for bursaries, many bursary awards of 80% are made each year depending on the number of applications and usually a contribution is requested as the funding is limited.

Travel bursaries have been included in the Guildhall School Access Agreement since September 2017 for students who live in the West Somerset Council Area. 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 in the same format as for fee bursaries.

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Above: Ernest enjoys playing the cornet at CYMT.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A BURSARY FOR 2018-19

Applications for a bursary for 2018-19 are invited from parents / carers of all young musicians aged 5 – 18 whether students are new to CYMT or students currently enrolled at CYMT. The deadline for bursary applications for 2018-19 is Tuesday 31 July 2018.  Bursary applications may be considered after this date but it is recommended that applications meet the closing date as the available funding is taken up quickly.

To apply for a fee bursary you need to complete TWO forms: one online application form and one bursary application form:

(1) please complete the online application form at this link, then return to this page and

(2) please click this link to download the bursary application form, which should be completed and sent with supporting documents to CYMT by Tuesday 31 July 2018.

For 2018 – 2019 academic year all bursary applications will be considered in strict confidence and with reference to the strict criteria for bursary funding.  Applicants will be informed of any bursaries awarded by Friday 7 September 2018.

The Autumn Term 2018 will start with an Activities Day / Induction Day on Saturday 8 September 2018 and the term begins on Saturday 15 September 2018.

Please click here for the CYMT term dates for 2018-19.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A TRAVEL BURSARY FOR 2018-19

To apply for a travel bursary you need to write a letter to CYMT requesting a travel bursary, which letter should be sent to CYMT with the bursary application form for 2018-19.

For 2018 – 2019 academic year all travel bursary applications will be considered in strict confidence and with reference to the strict criteria for bursary funding.  Applicants will be informed of any travel bursaries awarded by Friday 7 September 2018.

Please can you help publicise these fantastic opportunities for young musicians in the South West? 

If you know someone in need of financial help to enable them to study music at CYMT please tell them about us and direct them to this website. Thank you for encouraging them to get in touch or apply online.

If you have any queries please contact Rachael Parvin (Head of CYMT) 07754 217993  |  taunton@cym.org.uk.

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