‘Don’t Stop The Music’ Covid-19 Emergency Fund


This fund is for young people (aged 7 – 18 years old) that show enthusiasm and/or aptitude for music but cannot access instrumental tuition due to the impact of COVID-19 or have been affected by family trauma as a result of COVID-19.

The Bursary will cover a minimum of 75% of the costs of one-to-one 20 minute online instrumental lessons and subsidise 100% of the cost of membership of MMF’s Music Centre for up to ten young people for at least one academic year. Recipients will also benefit from MMF’s Trust Fund reduced rate for instrument hire, should this be required.

We know that for some pupils, accessing online learning is a barrier. If we meet young people in need of devices; internet connectivity; or other equipment to support them to learn music in lockdown, we will allocate funds from this campaign accordingly.

Application Criteria

We are a looking for young people (7 – 18 years of age) who:

  • Live or go to school in the London Borough of Merton
  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm and/or aptitude for learning an instrument
  • Have been prevented from participating in instrumental learning by the impact of COVID-19 or have suffered family trauma as a result of COVID-19.

If you feel that your child meets the above criteria, please complete the COVID-19 Bursary Application Form below.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Once we have received your application form, it will be reviewed by the Bursary Panel and we will contact you to let you know if you have been progressed to interview stage. Interviews will take place online via Zoom at a mutually convenient time and should last no longer than approximately 30 minutes. During the e-meeting, two members of the Bursary Panel will talk with you and your young musician to discuss their passion for music making and if possible, to hear them playing their instrument. Following the interview, you will be notified if your application has been successful. Lessons will start in September 2021 and will take place either online via Zoom or face-to-face, where this can be safely facilitated.

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