Charges apply from 1 April 2023 to 31 August 2024.

Parents and young people

Instrument hire

Item Cost

Cello, double bass, French horn, violin, viola, classical guitar, Clarinet, flute, horn (tenor), alto sax, cornet, trombone, trumpet

£60 per year
Baritone horn, oboe, piccolo, specialist clarinet, specialist sax, electric guitar, cor anglais, bassoon, euphonium, drum kit, tuba £120 per year

Dorset Youth music groups

Group Cost
Dorset Youth Jazz Orchestra £50 per term

Other monthly groups

£30 per term


You must be registered with a Dorset school/academy to be eligible for these subsidies:

  • children who are eligible for free school meals get a 50% reduction on these charges
  • Looked After Children and Children in Care get free instrument hire (for one instrument)
  • Looked After Children and Children in Care get free music group membership 
  • loans for specific purposes to partner schools can be discussed by arrangement

Find out about help with music fees from Dorset Music Service and how to apply.


VAT is payable for services delivered to non-Dorset maintained schools.

Specific arrangements can be made for specialist settings for example, specialist SEND settings and Learning Centres. Contact us to discuss your needs.

Dorset Music Hub membership 2023/24

Number of pupils on roll Cost
0 to 125 £315 per year
126 to 400 £380 per year
301 to 1,000 £440 per year

Whole-class Musicianship Programme 2023/24

Programme (duration: 1 term per year) Cost
Classes (the first class is free if you have a Dorset Music Hub Membership) £126
Arts Award (per class of 30) £75

Class set of instruments

Instruments Cost
For example samba, ukuleles, recorders, violins etc. when hired in addition to the Musicianship Programme £190 per year


One-off purchases for schools/settings

Contact us for a quote for a:

  • live demonstration
  • music workshop