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Dorset Music Service: help with fees

Dorset Music Service is the lead organisation for the Dorset Music Education Hub. We are offering financial help for pupils to progress in music education. We know that the cost can be a barrier to progression. We're providing help for looked after children and pupils who receive free school meals in year 3 or above. 

The services included are:

  • instrumental lessons
  • instrument hire
  • county ensemble membership fees

Who can apply for help with music fees

Eligibility for the academic year 2019 to 2020

Your child is eligible for help with Dorset Music Service fees if they:

  • receive free school meals 
  • are a child in care of Dorset Council
  • attend Dorset schools or academies
  • attend music lessons provided by the Dorset Music service, a group or paired lesson
  • attend an academy school in Dorset
  • live in Dorset but go to school in another county

This support:

  • doesn't cover children who attend nursery or nursery school. It's only for children in year 3 or above
  • covers the fees up to 50% of the total, but you are responsible for the remaining fee

What the financial support covers

You can apply for financial help for Dorset Music Service services. We can help with up to 50% of the fees. The services included are:

  • instrumental lessons
  • instrument hire
  • county ensemble membership fees
  • are in year 3 or above

The help we provide is for one instrument only.

Apply for help with music fees in Dorset

Follow these steps to apply for help:

  1. Speak to your school or to us at the Dorset Music Service who can tell you which lessons you can apply for help with.
  2. Complete an application form for financial help
  3. We complete an eligibility check.
  4. Wait for us to confirm financial support before you start tuition. 
  5. Agree what you will have to pay.

Academic year 2019 to 2020: help with music fees

We may operate a waiting list if we receive more applications that we can support.

We'll continue to support students who show that they attend lessons and make progress. 

We will not backdate financial help for music tuition. 

When to apply for help

Send applications to us at the Dorset Music Service before the first day of term. 

When the financial support for music tuition starts

Your support will start when you've received confirmation from us at the Dorset Music Service.

We don't backdate financial help for music tuition.

You must let us know if your circumstances change at any time.

When the financial support for music tuition stops

We can withdraw the financial support if the student doesn't attend lessons or make progress.

Contact us if you need more information

Financial support information for parents and carers

If you apply for help and you're successful you'll receive up to 50% of the fee. The remaining balance will be your responsibility. 

We will check eligibility for free school meals when you apply and every year after that. 

Our strategic lead and the business manager for the Dorset Music Servic will assess all applications. Their decision is final. 

Financial support information for schools

Where possible the pupils who receive financial support for fees should be in group tuition. We may agree to help with individual lessons if a group lesson isn't possible. Reasons for this could be because the pupil is at a different level than other pupils in the school.

We will continue to support students who show that they attend lessons and make progress. 

We will invoice schools for music lessons as normal on Nexus. We will issue a credit for any agreed financial help for individual students. 

As a school you can set your own criteria for support using your own budget to help fund the difference if you wish. 

We ask that schools inform us if there are any changes in financial circumstances.

GCSE and A level instrumental tuition and financial support

The Department of Education states that instrumental lessons for GCSE and A level courses is part of the school's responsibility and is not an extra-curricular parental choice. 

Parents should apply directly to the school for financial help for GCSE and A level tuition. 

We want to help as many applications as possible but we can't guarantee that all applications will be successful. We may need to add applications to a waiting list. We only have a modest level of funding available but we will help as many people as we can.

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