You could get financial help for specialist education or training for young musicians and dancers.

The Music and Dance Scheme provides grants and help with fees at 8 independent schools and 21 centres for advanced training.

Your child must be aged 8 to 19 to be eligible for the music schools and 11 to 19 for the dance schools.

How to apply

Apply direct to the school or centre you want to go to.

Music and dance schools

Music boarding schools

Chetham’s School, Manchester
Purcell School, Hertfordshire
Wells Cathedral School, Somerset
Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey

Dance boarding schools

Royal Ballet School, London
Tring Park School, Hertfordshire
Elmhurst School, Birmingham
Hammond School, Chester

Music and dance centres for advanced training

Music centres

Birmingham Conservatoire
Royal Northern College of Music
Royal Academy of Music
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Royal College of Music
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
The Sage Gateshead
Sheffield Music Academy
Yorkshire Young Musicians (based in Leeds)
Centre for Young Musicians, London
Aldeburgh Young Musicians (Suffolk)
South West Music School

Dance centres

London Contemporary Dance School
Laban Centre, London
Dance City Academy, Newcastle
Swindon Youth Dance Academy, Swindon, Wiltshire
Yorkshire Young Dancers (ballet and contemporary strands based in Leeds)
Dance East Academy (Ipswich, Suffolk)
DanceXchange South Asian and Contemporary Dance CAT in Birmingham
Dance4, Nottingham
The Lowry, Salford Quays

Choir Schools Scholarship Scheme

If your child is aged 8 to 13, you could get financial help with sending them to an independent cathedral or collegiate choir school. You should contact the Choir Schools’ Association direct.