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Bursary scheme for young musicians


3:19pm 20th October 2011

City of York Council’s Arts and Culture Service has announced this week that young school age musicians could receive financial help with their instrumental lessons, through the launch of a new bursary scheme.

Up to 20 pupils a year could receive a bursary towards the cost of their music lessons with a City of York Council Approved Tutor. This means that youngsters who are on Free School Meals, or Looked After Children, could receive up to £200 a year to put towards their lesson costs.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member Leisure, Culture and Social Inclusion, said:

“This is a great scheme, and I’m sure will be instrumental in helping to encourage either novice or talented musicians learn new skills. 

"We want to make sure that music lessons are available to as many people as possible and the bursary scheme will help families on low incomes to access this service.”

Gill Cooper, Head of Arts, Heritage & Culture, at City of York Council, said:

“Here in York we have a tradition of excellent musicianship and we really want to foster and promote the skills of these young people.

"We will also be providing remissions of 50 per cent for families in a similar situation at our York Arts Academy, where young people can go to develop their skills in a range of musical activities.”

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