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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 and Vocal 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

Endangered Species Scholarships

In addition to the standard Ensembles Bursary Voucher, Essex Music Services can offer up to 15 Instrumental Scholarships and 10 Choral Scholarships in the following disciplines:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Double Bass
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn

This will allow gifted young people who sing or play an endangered species instruments to apply for financial assistance to join the orchestras and choirs.  These scholarships (unlike the Ensembles Bursary) will not be means tested but if demand is greater than the number of awards available, awards will be allocated according to orchestral or choral need.  Scholarships are worth 66% of fees.

To apply, instead of uploading proof of household income, please upload a letter to support your application to tell us why the Scholarship is essential for the child to attend Ensembles activities.  Apply online HERE.