Merchant Taylor Bursary Application

Up to 5 talented young musicians will get individual music tuition free, thanks to a new bursary scheme backed by the city’s Company of Merchant Taylors and the York Music Hub.

The scheme will help young musicians who are not able to afford the kind of specialist 1:1 instrumental tuition that is needed to realise their potential.

York Music Hub, which is the city’s music education partnership, is now looking for young musicians who might be eligible for a bursary worth up to £600.

Applicants must:
be 18 years or under whilst in receipt of a bursary,
be able to demonstrate both talent and potential (typically Grade 5 or above),*
be eligible for free school meals or the pupil premium, or be looked after by the local authority,
live and/or go to school in York,
* be learning with a Tutor approved by the York Music Hub

*Applicants studying Music at GCSE or A Level, even if they have not yet achieved grade 5, may also be considered.

There will be a maximum of 5 awards at any time, the scheme will last for 12 months in the first instance, with continued funding, up to an additional two years, depending on demonstrated progress.

Applications are invited at any time and will be handled on a first come first serve basis. To apply please complete the form below, this can be done by a Music Teacher from school, parent, or instrumental teacher.

Patrick Scott, Chair of the Music Hub said,
‘We are absolutely delighted to receive the support of Merchant Taylors Guild for this scheme, which is part of our commitment to ensure that young people are not hindered in their pursuit of musical success, by lack of money or support.’
Name of Person Completing this From
Relationship to Student
Parent Name
Parent Email
Name of Student
Date of Birth
Standard before starting bursary (estimated grade is fine)
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Teacher Email
Testimonial - please include details of eligibility, statement of interest, and how the bursary will affect the musical development of the recipient.
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