Help with cost for music education

Help with cost for music education

In certain circumstances, financial or other help may be available to support children and young people to access music making opportunities.

Key information

If a school provides the opportunity for pupils to have music lessons in school during school time then:

  • children who are looked after by the local authority are entitled to free lessons and supporting resources (e.g. instrument loan)
  • children who are entitled to pupil support due to their circumstances (formally free school meals) are entitled to a "remission of costs" - this is funding provided by the school at a level determined by them of up to 100% for these opportunities and supporting resources

If your child is not eligible for support in school as above or wishes to access opportunities outside of school, support may be available from Cambridgeshire Music.

Your rights

Schools should inform parents about their remissions schemes for music lessons to support children in care or who are eligible for free school meals. Ideally, information about this will be available on the school's website. Schools may also have additional support available for children identified as "Gifted and Talented", or in other situations.

What you can do

If your child would like music lessons at school, you should contact the school's music department or music coordinator.

How we can help

If you are looking for more information about music education opportunities, support for accessing activities outside of schools or for some reason are unable to obtain support for your child in school, please visit or contact