Music study grants are up for grabs

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GRANTS are on offer to young people in Hartlepool to help them with their musical studies.

The money is available from the Preston Simpson and Sterndale Young Musicians Trust – an educational charity administered by Hartlepool Council.

The Trust makes financial awards of varying amounts to young musicians, both instrumental and vocal, to enable them to study music at any educational establishment providing courses in musical education.

To qualify to be considered for a grant, applicants must:

l Be aged between 15 and 25 on July 31, 2013;

l Have been born in the borough of Hartlepool or have a parent who has lived in the borough for not less than five years.

They should also be able to show a keen interest in music and have an above average musical talent indicated by, for example:

l A minimum standard of Grade V in the Associated Board Examination or an equivalent qualification from Trinity College London;

l Membership of bands and orchestras, or evidence of participation in musical concerts, or a genuine intention of pursuing a musical career, including at this stage a commitment to GCSE Music.

Chris Simmons, Chair of the Trust, said: “The grants are designed to help students who have already achieved a good standard in their musical studies and who may wish to make use of their musical ability in their future careers.

“In the past the grants have played an important part in helping many talented young people in Hartlepool to overcome financial hurdles in the pursuit of their musical careers.”

For more information and an application form, contact Ann Turner at Hartlepool Council on (01429) 523766 or e-mail

Completed application forms must be returned to the council no later than Friday, November 30.