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Help With Fees

Berkshire Maestros teaches over 6000 children every week. We offer discounted memberships of hundreds of groups, bands, orchestras and choirs for children having Maestros lessons to help make music-making accessible and affordable. We are committed to creating exceptional and accessible musical opportunities for all children and young people regardless of circumstance. If you are finding it difficult to meet the costs of your child’s tuition, we may be able to help you.

If you are already in receipt of Income Support, Job Seeker’s Allowance (income based only), Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credits or Universal Credit, you can request funding support by providing us with proof of the benefit you are receiving. If your child is a Military Pupil or is entitled to Pupil Premium you can request help along with your child’s school submitting confirmation to us of the entitlement. If your child has a statement of special education needs then you are entitled to receive an individual lesson for up to 30 minutes at the cost of a group lesson when you provide us with a copy of your child’s statement.

For pupils in West Berkshire, Greenham Trust offers financial support for children attending West Berkshire Primary Schools and taking music lessons with Berkshire Maestros. Through the Greenham Trust Music Bursary Fund a £50 subsidy each term is available on any group or individual lesson. To qualify your child must be at a West Berkshire Primary School, not in receipt of pupil premium and you must have a household monthly income of less than £3000. Funding for the academic year 2019-20 is currently open for applications. Please download the application form.The form must be completed by your child’s head teacher.

Even if none of the above apply to you, we may still be able to help. If you are on a low income or there are unusual extenuating circumstances, you can apply for support from our own Sponsor a Child fund, even if the circumstances are expected to be of a temporary basis.

Where parents approach us with genuine financial concerns, we will consider requests for assistance with fees in the strictest of confidence. If you wish to enquire about assistance with fees, please contact our Finance Department by emailing to outline your present situation and the current tuition that your child receives from Berkshire Maestros that you would like to receive help with.

If you would like to find out how to make a contribution to the Sponsor a Child scheme to support Berkshire children in instrumental and singing lessons please see our Support Us page here.

Charitable Trusts

There are also grant-making organisations that you can apply to directly for financial support. This can cover general costs such as lessons and instrument purchases, or can be for specific activities such as attending masterclasses or helping with the cost of an overseas tour. If you are going to make an application to an external organisation then research their website very carefully and check their current deadlines before beginning to write your application. Every organisation will have their own terms and rules about what they will and won’t fund, and you should phrase each application to fit in with their requirements. It is a good idea to discuss your decision to apply for external funding with your teacher before you begin.





Organisation Name
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Geographical Area Covered Focus   Additional Information

Awards for Young Musicians Whole of UK AYM helps exceptional young people who need financial and other forms of support to progress their musical talent and to develop their skills to their full potential. They also help music educators to spot, support and nurture musical talent in young people.   Usually open for applications October to March.

Englefield Charitable Trust Berkshire For almost 50 years the Englefield Charitable Trust has supported a range of charities and good causes in and around Berkshire, which include education, the arts, social welfare, health, conservation and the armed forces.   They will accept applications from individuals up to the value of £350. They have application deadlines of 1 September and 1 February.

Fidelio Charitable Trust Whole of UK Fidelio aims to provide support for individuals (over school age) or groups of exceptional ability, to enable them for example: to receive special tuition or coaching (e.g. in the case of musicians to attend Master Classes); to participate in external competitions; to be supported for a specially arranged performance; to receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art.   Applications from individuals need to have the support of a recognised organisation (Berkshire Maestros can act as this for applications to this trust). They have application deadlines of 1 October, 1 February and 1 June.

Future Talent Whole of UK Future Talent specifically supports young musicians from challenging backgrounds who need both the financial assistance and the mentoring and guidance to reach their potential. They do this through hands-on support as well as mentor days, ensemble performance opportunities, and growing a network of amazing young talent.   Usually open for applications early April to early June

Hattori Foundation Junior Awards Whole of UK Instrumental soloists between the ages of 15 and 20 who are resident in the UK and have demonstrated both exceptional talent and achievement may apply at any time of the year for financial assistance towards travelling expenses to attend national or international competitions, master classes within the UK or abroad and specific assistance in the case of hardship.   Please note that funding is not available for singers, orchestral courses, full-time study or instrument purchase and awards cannot be made in arrears.

John Sykes Foundation Within 5 miles of Reading The foundation aims to support people from all walks of life in areas including education, health, disability, sport, arts and culture, science and any other charitable purpose.   Open to receive applications on an on-going basis.

Music for All Whole of UK Making music changes lives. The 'Music For All' charity believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to play music. Whilst their primary purpose is to support with instruments and lessons they have told us that they are open to considering well-written applications for tours too.   Application deadlines are 1 November, 1 February and 1 July.

The Earley Charity Earley and east Reading The relief of need among elderly, disabled or poor people living in the area of benefit. The Charity’s terms of reference also make it possible to fund community, educational, informational, cultural, sporting, recreational and social initiatives.   The trustees meet 4-6 times a year to consider applications. See their website for latest deadlines.

The Spoore Merry and Rixman Foundation Postcode area
SL6 1-9
The charity awards grants to persons who are under the age of 25 years, resident within the area SL6 1-9, who in the opinion of the trustees are in need of financial assistance for their education, including school uniform, tools, books and provision of facilities not normally provided by the local education authority. (Music is quoted as a key objective for the trustees. They will fund overseas travel in pursuit of education.)   Deadlines for applications in 2020 - 22 June & 21 September

Take it Away England & Northern Ireland An Arts Council England backed scheme which offers loans for the purchase of instruments, equipment, software and tuition. The core scheme is open to people in England who are 18-25 years old, as well as adults buying an instrument for a child under the age of 18.   You will need to be purchasing your instrument from a shop that is a member of the scheme

Valentine Alcock Scholarship Whole of UK A small, family-run charity, each year they help a number of young people to develop their skills in playing a musical instrument by paying part or all of the costs involved in their attendance at an educational activity. They do not need to be outstanding instrumentalists already. What is important for them is to know that the financial support they provide is likely to help a young person develop an enduring love of playing music.   Applications can be submitted at any time of year.

The Wrightson Trust Whole of UK Mostly concentrating on benefiting needy individuals. For reference, the following points might be helpful to you: hoping to benefit those 11+ to 18 years of age; usual disbursements include payment for instrumental lessons, assistance with choir/orchestra tour fees, music colleges etc; scales of assistance vary according to circumstances and requirement. To date distributions have ranged between £100 and £800. The trust prefers to make payment to teachers/instrument dealers/music colleges direct.
  The trust asks for two letters of support from the candidate's tutors/teachers as evidence of musical ability and potential together with a brief CV from those over 12. Any further information to corroborate the application is welcomed.

Young Classical Artists Trust Whole of UK YCAT is a UK charity founded in 1984 that builds the careers of emerging classical artists. It is unique in providing sustained, intensive guidance, bespoke artist management and prolonged care over a 3-5 year period. YCAT selects artists who show international potential and works in partnership with many of the most important venues around the world, building strategic career development that enables young artists to flourish. YCAT’s past roster of artists is a testament to its unparalleled reputation in young artist development.   Deadline for applications usually mid-February.

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