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Essex Music Services offer a voucher scheme to enable all students to access instrumental tuition.

Am I Entitled to Instrumental Tuition Vouchers?

If you are currently in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support or Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit (subject to certain criteria), then you may be entitled to and should apply for Instrumental Tuition Vouchers. Discretionary awards are also made to people in receipt of equivalent benefits.

Am I guaranteed to receive the vouchers, so long I am receiving one of those benefits?

We have allocated an amount of money to be spent on Vouchers, which we think should cover the demand for tuition (£46.50 per child per term). However if demand exceeds the available budget, new applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

What happens if my circumstances change?

Vouchers are issued yearly, to be used at the rate of £46.50 per term. You can carry on using the voucher for the year up to the end of Spring Term (Easter), but if, during that year, your income increases above the limit, you may not get further help.

How much are the Vouchers worth?

Each Voucher is worth a maximum of £46.50. That represents around 66% of the cost of a 15 minute individual lesson, for 10 weeks. We can issue a Voucher for the year, so long as the student is attending regularly and is making sufficient progress. Each term, you will need to pay the difference between the voucher and the charge made by the school. Music School students are entitled to £80.00 Vouchers (to cover the higher costs), but the Music School must be named on the application form.

Where can I use the Vouchers?

You can use them as part payment for Instrumental Tuition in any school or Music School for tuition within Essex Music Services tutors. The Vouchers are not valid for use with Private Tutors (including Private Tutors working in schools). If in doubt, please call us to ask.

How do I apply for the Vouchers?

To apply for your voucher, please click on ‘Online Application’ Online Application to launch the interactive form, which once completed online will be submitted as an application to Essex Music Services

For further information regarding vouchers please contact Essex Music Services directly: tuition.vouchers@essex.gov.uk