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Music & Dance Funding Schemes

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 22 Apr 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Music And Dance Scheme National Grant

The Arts have suffered at the hands of the national curriculum, with dance being incorporated in PE lessons and theatre trips almost none existent for today's school children.

Gone are the days when schools took children to the theatre for the experience, now they only go to the theatre if the production in question is directly related to what the class is studying and being tested on.

National Grants

This lack of attention to The Arts in schools has led to many talented children being overlooked and drastically reducing the countries talent pool.

Although this isn't the only attributing factor. Attending the best Arts schools that the UK has to offer can be very expensive for parents, but a necessity if they are to nurture their child's talent.

March 2004 saw the government announce plans for a new grant scheme to give talented children access to specialist training in music and dance.

These grants are intended for young musicians aged eight to 16 and young dancers aged 11 to 16 with exceptional potential and dedication, but don't necessarily have the financial means to access the best available training.

The grants are means-tested with the full amount totalling £3,375 a year from September 2008. This means that parents won't have to contribute to the fees if their total family income, before tax, is £27,500. If the family income is more then parents are expected to pay a contribution which is staged depending on the total income is.

This plan is part of a bigger picture. The Music and Ballet Schools Scheme launched following the Gulbenkian Report in 1978 which reviewed the state of specialist music education.

A total of five specialist schools were designated as part of the scheme and each were allocated government aided places.

The scheme became the Music and Dance Scheme in 2002 and has since broadened its remit to include Centres for Advanced Training for children to attend out of normal school hours and has expanded learning opportunities for a larger number of talented children.

When it comes to music and dance training, there is a need to nurture a child's talent from an early age. This scheme is open to children from the age of eight, through to 19 and not only offers them training in their particular talent, but also gives an academic background alongside.

There is now a total average of 800 government-aided pupils attending one of the eight MDS schools in England.

The basis of the scheme is to help parents with the school fees and costs of boarding for their child at one of the eight schools in England.

Aided Pupil Scheme

In order to qualify for the scheme, a child will have to meet the selection rules set by the school in question. Each school's criteria differ slightly, but children will usually have to take an entrance exam, looking at their academic skills, an audition so that the school can asses their talent level and an interview, either with a panel of judges or the school head.

When it comes to costs, parents who's family income before tax is below a predetermined level aren't expected to pay anything towards school fees. For the current school year, this level is £14,063 for an Aided Day Place or £11,312 for an Aided Boarding Place.

To apply for a place on either scheme parents should contact the school that they want their child to attend. A list of participating schools can be found at www.dcsf.gov.uk/mds

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Hi my daughter, has got into masters dance college, of which she was given a funded place, is there anymore help, I could receive as I'm single parent and on a low income
Sammy - 22-Apr-18 @ 4:24 PM
Liz - Your Question:
Hi my daughter is 16 and has been offered a 3 year degree course at Ballet Theatre UK. They do not accept Dada's and have offered to pay 20% of her tuition fees, Obviously I am very grateful for this but sadly as a single parent I am unable to pay the additional cost on my low income. Are there any Grants, Bursarys or other ways to get any financial help. I am heart broken and don't want to tell her she can not attend, after working so hard, they only take 10 - 15 students on anually and she is so thrilled to have been offered a place.

Our Response:
Is she entitled to a student loan?This is how most students fund their courses. It looks as though students at private colleges (which we think Ballet theatre UK might be) can take a loan of up to £6,165 and public universities/college students can borrow up to £9,250 for tuition fees. Maintenance loans are available up to £11,354, depending on where the student is living. Please take a look at the government website for more information. Double check the status of the qualification that your daughter has been offered (i.e if it's definitely a degree course etc)
GrantsExpert - 10-Apr-18 @ 2:42 PM
Hi my daughter is 16 and has been offered a 3 year degree course at Ballet Theatre UK. They do not accept Dada's and have offeredto pay 20% of hertuition fees, Obviously I am very grateful for this but sadly as a single parent I am unable to pay the additional cost on my low income. Are there any Grants, Bursarys or other ways to get any financial help. I am heart broken and don't want to tell her she can not attend, after working so hard, they only take 10 - 15 students on anually and she is so thrilled to have been offered a place.
Liz - 9-Apr-18 @ 7:44 PM
My granddaughter has won a 50% scholarship to the Italia Conti academy. Can we get help with the other 50% fees as my son in law is disabled and my daughter is his carer. Any advice
Scarr - 31-Mar-18 @ 12:14 PM
Hi there. A friend of mine is opening a new school for cheerleading and dance and wondering if you can point me in the right direction for funding for specialist equipment like floors etc. or anything you can reccomend to help. TIA
Nic - 8-Mar-18 @ 12:24 PM
Lippy - Your Question:
Hi, my daughter is attending an audition for the English Youth Ballet and if successful, gets the chance to perform in the premiere of EYB’s newest full length ballet.The cost, if successful will be £480.Can you point me in the right direction of where I maybe able to obtain some funding towards this please. Many thanks

Our Response:
Are you lookingfor funding to attend the audition? Sorry it's not clear but the above article and the responses to comments below may help.
GrantsExpert - 2-Mar-18 @ 2:59 PM
Hi, my daughter is attending an audition for the English Youth Ballet and if successful, gets the chance to perform in the premiere of EYB’s newest full length ballet. The cost, if successful will be £480. Can you point me in the right direction of where I maybe able to obtain some funding towards this please. Many thanks
Lippy - 28-Feb-18 @ 5:13 PM
Hi I was wondering if there's any charity that would sponsor my child to go to stage school at 11 she has a history of selective mutism but her ambition is to perform she attends a part time stage school since she was 3 .It is an important part of her life to dance they say she would flourish at a fulltime performing arts school she would like to take it up as a career
Flossy - 4-Sep-17 @ 10:35 PM
Sally- Your Question:
Hi my son who is 18 has been offered a 3 year performing arts course and was and was trying to see if there was any funding available thank you

Our Response:
Try:
DaDa (Drama and Dance awards)
Student Loans
Grantium
GrantsExpert - 26-Jul-17 @ 10:03 AM
Hi my son who is 18 has been offered a 3 year performing arts course and was and was trying to see if there was any funding available thank you
Sally - 19-Jul-17 @ 4:46 PM
Hi my son aged 18 has been offered a place for a 3 year performing arts course at Italia conti arts centre was enquiring to see if there was any help out there for funding this thank you
Sally - 19-Jul-17 @ 4:42 PM
My son has also been offered a p,ace at Hammond with 50% bursary, we are trying every which way to obtain funding but draw a blank at every turn
Dance mum - 5-May-17 @ 8:56 AM
Stressed.com - Your Question:
My daughter has also been offered Hammond with a 50%bursary , any advice not told her yet , she's goin into year 9 ?? She will be heartbroken again.

Our Response:
The school itself gives details of the following trusts that offer support:
The Wayne Sleep Foundation
Chester Municipal Charities
The Dr. Robert Oldfield Foundation
The Arts & Sports Trust?
Royal National Children's Foundation
Buttle UK
School Fees Charitable Trust
GrantsExpert - 2-May-17 @ 2:33 PM
My daughter has also been offered Hammond with a 50%bursary , any advice not told her yet , she's goin into year 9 ?? She will be heartbroken again .
Stressed.com - 2-May-17 @ 9:19 AM
Hi my daughter is just completing a foundation course at urdang in London which cost £20,000 with accommodation,she has been accepted at her first 2 auditions for the next 3 years ,but if no dada or scholarship are,I cannot afford to pay the fees ,this year has crippled us ,does anyone know how to fund it ,surely as a student she should be eligible for government help !!!
Shed - 21-Apr-17 @ 11:22 PM
Hi, my 12 year old son has been awarded a 30% scholarship at a stage school in London.This leaves us with around £10,000 pa to fund.Can anyone advise if there are any other available bursary's or grants to assist that we can look to
GM - 21-Apr-17 @ 3:18 PM
Dee - Your Question:
Hi my 17yr old son has been offered a place at a dance college with the tuition fees in London being £8000. We live outside London is there any grants, sponsorships or funding that we could apply for as I am struggling to find any funding or help.

Our Response:
You could try applying for a Dance and Drama award I the college is one of those name in the scheme)
GrantsExpert - 17-Jan-17 @ 1:55 PM
Hi my 17yr old sonhas been offered a place at a dance college with the tuition fees in London being £8000.We live outside London is there any grants, sponsorships or funding that we could apply for as I am struggling to find any funding or help.
Dee - 16-Jan-17 @ 3:54 PM
Hi, My 11 year old son has just been offered a place at The Hammond School to start in September.He is on a waiting list for MDS funded place but this will be dependent on someone else dropping out which is unlikely.The school have offered the maximum bursary that they can which is 50% of the annual fees but I still have to find £13,000 per year.Do you have any idea of any charitable organisations or trusts that support individuals.I have only been able to find charities that support organisations.Any info would be gratefully received.
Sadie - 5-May-16 @ 4:24 PM
Hi can any one point myself in the right direction My son has been accepted at a drama school but fees are so high he is 13 years of age, We Are awaiting for the out come of a audition for bursary and scholarship. To a school he really wants to attend. He's been dancing singing acting since the age of 7 so frustrating being so far away from all the drama schools Any information happily received
Love todance - 5-Apr-16 @ 11:40 AM
Hello, my 17 year old daughter has been at the Italia Conti of Performing Arts for 2 months now and because of an awkward and long train journey, it has been decided that she should mover closer, however, we now have to find funding for her lodgings and living costs.How does everyone else cope, what benefits are available for my daughter to pursue her dream?
JDA - 22-Nov-15 @ 9:08 PM
@Karen. Firstly he could ask at his current college if they know of any financial assistance...being a musical theatre college they may have some ideas. Secondly, try the suggestions in the article. Lastly you could try the grants search facility on the Turn 2 Us website
GrantsExpert - 27-Jul-15 @ 1:51 PM
I need help with finding funding. My 19 yr old son is a dancer. He's at a musical theatre college in Nottingham. He's desperate to go to London to train. He's not an academic he's always struggled with school. The fact that I'm a working single parent with a small income I can't fund a London school. My son is depressed and feels it's worthless. Ideas would be very welcome.I'm a worried mum . Thank you
karen - 25-Jul-15 @ 12:36 PM
hi my daughter like blondie's daughter has also been accepted to rubicon dance in Cardiff and I am coming up to dead ends all the time with any funding. It seems that as its further education and not higher there are no grants and not eligible for student loan .Does anyone know of any help out there as living costs are pretty hefty as well as paying for the course. Blondie did you have any luck with anything seems we are in the same boat ? any help much appreciated
gwallt - 21-Jul-15 @ 1:01 PM
hi my 17 year old daughter has been accepted to rubicon dance school in Cardiff I was wondering if there were any grants available for fees/living . she will go on to university after that and don't want her to have too much of a burden of student debt. we are on a fairly low income any help would be great
blondie - 6-Jul-15 @ 7:48 PM
My 11 year old daughter has been offered a place at the royal ballet junior school, white lodge- whilst she gets mds funding I'm struggling with the parental contribution aspect are there any grants or trusts who may sponsor her?
Cheryl - 18-Jun-15 @ 1:38 PM
@gg. try the suggestions in the article and in the repsonses to comments below. You should also be entitled to a student loan if you are of university age and it's a university course.
GrantsExpert - 21-May-15 @ 2:47 PM
@Rose. Sadly nowadays, university fees are not paid for. The most common practice is to take out a student loan to cover university fees and accommodation. Many students also take on part time work for extra money to fund them through. The average for university fees is £9000 so your daughter's is higher than the norm. The grants search facility on the Turn2Us website may have some details of grant
GrantsExpert - 20-May-15 @ 10:23 AM
Hi, I have just been recently accepted on a foundation course at london studio centre with fees totalling up to £9,250 without funding, and excluding living costs. Is there any advice or help I am entitled to at all? Thanks.
gg - 19-May-15 @ 2:47 PM
Help! My daughter has just received an offer from London Studio Centre and the fees for the Degree course are £13,500 a year and living and travelling costs on top. I have been trying to research grants and funding but just come to a dead end, can anyone out there point me in the right direction.
Rose - 16-May-15 @ 7:23 AM
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