Funding Applications

The Richard Ely Bursary

Who is the fund for?

Individual young musicians or, in some circumstances, groups of young musicians who are:

  • aged 5 – 21 years (or up to 25 years for those with identified SEND or for Care Leavers);
  • living in the Dorset and BCP areas;
  • facing challenging circumstances that are preventing them from accessing music-making or from progressing to the next step of musical learning.

What are challenging circumstances?

The Richard Ely Bursary looks to help young musicians overcome barriers which may prevent them from accessing music-making.

Barriers may include:
● Physical disabilities
● Special educational needs
● Being looked after children in care or care leavers
● Health conditions – relating to physical or mental health
● Being young carers
● Financial constraints
● Rural isolation
● Social exclusion
● Other barriers to accessing music

What support is available?

The Richard Ely Bursary Scheme provides one-off payments, or, in appropriate
circumstances, ongoing funding, to meet the cost support to access music-making. This
could support:

● The cost of music lessons
● The cost of other music experiences or activities
● The cost of fees
● The cost of travel
● Other forms of assistance – such as funding to support carers to enable access to experiences or the costs of specialist resources.

How to apply

Access to bursaries under the Richard Ely Bursary Scheme is open to all who meet the criteria and applications can be made at any time.

Changing Key Dorset welcomes applications from individuals and from teachers, parents, carers or others on behalf of children and young people wishing to access funds.

Our application form can be accessed using the link below. A supporting reference from an impartial person is needed for the application – please see referee endorsement forms below. Examples of an impartial referee would be a school teacher, a youth worker or support worker. The reference/endorsement should not be from the applicant’s instrumental teacher or music leader who will be paid for the lessons or sessions, or from family members or friends. Please contact us for further advice if needed before submitting an application.

Due to the wish to encourage and support as many young people as possible to get involved in music-making, the funding available is limited, and so the maximum that will be awarded to support individuals is £300 each calendar year. There is no guarantee of ongoing funding, but CKD will consider repeat applications for ongoing support.

Decisions about funding are made by the Changing Key Dorset Trustees.

Applications are made online and can be made throughout the year:

Application closing dates:

Summer Term 2024Friday 1st March 2024

Autumn Term 2024

  • Round 1: Monday 1st July 2024
  • Round 2: Monday 9th September 2024

Spring Term 2025 – Monday 2nd December 2024

Summer Term 2025 – Monday 24th March 2025

Contact Us:
Changing Key Dorset c/o Dorset Music Service 
Tel:  01305 225770
Post: Unit 14, Uplands Industrial Park, Blandford Forum DT11 7UZ