Furthering Talent - funding for young musicians

Published 1st October 2019

Nottinghamshire Music Hub is part of the national programme 'Furthering Talent' that helps children and young people from lower income backgrounds take up playing a musical instrument in school.

What is the Furthering Talent programme?

Furthering Talent recognises that music talent is everywhere but opportunity isn't. It aims to get children from lower income backgrounds into music and offers funding to help them take up playing a musical instrument where it would not usually be possible. The programme is funded by Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) in partnership with Nottinghamshire Music Hub.

How should the funding be used?

The funding should be used to pay for specialist instrumental in-school tuition for a half hour individual lesson every week. In addition to this, each child receives a bursary to spend on anything that will help with musical learning, such as instruments, resources or tickets for a performance. Alongside this, each term Furthering Talent students are invited to a ‘get-together’ which often involves a workshop with professional musicians or going to watch professional musicians perform in recitals or concerts.

How do I know if a student is suitable for the programme?

Students are typically nominated after showing potential in Whole Class Instrumental Teaching lessons or general school music lessons. If you need advice, or would like to request a nomination form, please contact the local coordinator at andy.hatherly@a-y-m.org.uk

If you have any questions about this scheme, running throughout 20-21 in Nottinghamshire maintained and academy schools, please contact Andy, our Nottinghamshire based AYM coordinator c/o andy.hatherly@a-y-m.org.uk

Watch how the Furthering Talent fund can help your pupils HERE:

Fuller details of the programme are on A-Y-M's Furthering Talent page HERE:

If you would like to register your interest in the programme or receive more information about how the Furthering Talent programme can help your pupils, please contact  andy.hatherly@a-y-m.org.uk

Register your interest, contact: andy.hatherly@a-y-m.org.uk 

Updated: 15.10.20

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