Subsidies for Lessons and Registered Providers

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Subsidies for Instrumental/Vocal Tuition

The Cornwall Music Education Hub is committed to ensuring wider access to music for all children and young people. In order to do this, the Hub works with Cornwall schools and Hub Registered Providers to help provide free or subsidised instrumental/vocal tuition for school-age children. Please note that this funding does not include students attending FE or HE institutions as it is provided by Cornwall Schools Forum and administered by the Hub on their behalf).

If the child meets one of the following criteria and are receiving lessons from a Hub Registered Provider they will be entitled to a 100% subsidy up to £5.00 per lesson:

If the child meets the following criteria and is receiving lessons from a Hub Registered Provider they will be entitled 50% subsidy up to £2.50 per lesson:

Please note that the subsidy for services families will be reduced from 100% to 50% with effect of 1st April 2020.  This is due to the continued increase in the number of children accessing the subsidy scheme but the amount of funding available being fixed.  

Subsidies apply to only one instrument per child and for a maximum of 39 weeks over the year.

CMEH Subsidy Policy for the Financial Year 2020/21


Process for Claiming Subsidies

If you are a music teacher who is paid directly by parents:

If you are a School collecting tuition fees from parents on behalf of the delivering teacher:

Subsidy Claim Documents

Please see below the documentation for claiming the subsidies each term.  

CMEH Autumn Term Subsidy Claim Form - Please submit by 23rd October 2020 to claim for the Autumn term.  

Claim Form Deadlines:

Please note, schools and Registered Provider should complete and submit a claim form each term by the dates below:

All claim forms will need to be submitted to the Hub Office by the 23rd October 2020 (this tells us which students you will be claiming for)

All registers will then need to be submitted to the Hub Office by the 18th December 2020 (this confirms how many lessons were delivered so that we can pay)

You must list ALL students that you are planning to claim for on your Subsidy Claim form every term (including any students that you have claimed for previously).  Please note that you will not be able to claim subsidies for any students not included on your Subsidy Claim form that term. This includes any students for whom you may have previously claimed.

At the end of each term, you will need to submit copies of your registers to the Hub offices as proof of lesson delivery.  We will be unable to pay any subsidies without the registers.


Cornwall Music Education Hub Registered Provider Scheme

If you are a peripatetic instrumental or vocal teacher who delivers lessons in Local Authority or former Authority schools in Cornwall, the pupils that you teach could be eligible for subsidised lessons (students be attending an LA or former LA school, if home educated they must still meet eligibility criteria).  In order to access the subsidy scheme, peripatetic teachers should first register with the Hub as a provider. This means that you will need to provide evidence of a recent DBS check, Safeguarding Training, H&S/Safeguarding policies and Public Liability Insurance.  

How to Register

If you are interested in becoming a Registered Provider, please read the documentation below (Pre-Qualification QuestionnaireSubsidy Policy and CMEH Delivery Agreement), complete and return to the Hub office.  You will be required to provide a copy of your DBS check, Safeguarding Training certificate, Privacy, Safeguarding & Health & Safety Policies and Public Liability Insurance.  We encourage all Registered Providers to register with the DBS Update Service.

In order to register as a provider, you must complete and return the following documents:

Please send all documents to us at


Currently Registered Providers

The following individuals and organisations have registered with the CMEH as a Registered Provider.  Schools using these deliverers for their peripatetic instrumental tuition will be able to access the Hub Subsidy Scheme. 

Name Area Instrument(s)

Anna Dowling

West Cornwall     Violin

Annette McCutcheon

Wadebridge Area Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Fife, Clarinet

Ben Joseph (Homestead Music Lessons)

West Cornwall Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Ukulele

Cornwall Music Tuition

East Cornwall Drum, Guitar, Rock Academy

Cornwall Music Service Trust

Countywide Various

Chris Spreadbury

East Cornwall  Brass 

Christopher Hamilton

Bodmin Area  Vocal 

Darren Jane

East Cornwall Piano, Keyboard 

Diston Dryburgh

West Cornwall Saxophone

Emma Stansfield

Penzance Area Strings

Hannah Birt - West Cornwall Suzuki Violin and Early Years Music                                                                                        

West Cornwall                                                              Violin                       

Harry Fayer - Cornwall Guitar Academy                                                                                                    

West Cornwall                                                  Guitar                     

Holly Turton

West Cornwall Vocal

IMS Music

East Cornwall Various

Jane Suckling

East Cornwall


John Greaves

Mid Cornwall Brass

John Mitchell Percussion

Mid Cornwall  Percussion 

Jonathon Carter

Mid Cornwall Brass

Julie Dobson

North Cornwall  Brass 

Katy Rowe

Truro area  Violin 

Katie McClaughry

Mid and North/East Cornwall  Harp 

Kevin Ackford Music

St Austell area Brass 

Kirsty Bailey

Mid Cornwall  Piano, Vocal, Brass 

Lee Oxenham

Mid Cornwall  Guitar/Ukulele 

Louise Parker

Torpoint Area Vocal

Mark Hambly

East Cornwall Drums 


West Cornwall  String tuition, Music Therapy 

Nicola Farris

East Cornwall  Violin 

Nicola Young

Wadebridge Area  Piano 

Rachel Beale

Newquay/Truro Area Violin, recorder, piano, theory 

Rick Martin

West Cornwall  Guitar 

Sally Bartholemew

East Cornwall  Bassoon, Violin, Viola, recorder 

Steff Benton-Martyn  - Benton Music

Truro Area  Vocal 

Stick At It

Mid Cornwall Drumming 

Tamsin Carter

Mid Cornwall Brass

Tracey Bailey

Mid Cornwall Vocal

Thor House

Mid Cornwall  Music Technology 

Tim Boulton

West Cornwall Strings

Tim Brooks

East Cornwall  Drumming 

Will Thomas

Truro Area  Drums/Guitar 


Newquay Area Percussion

Zoe Zalick

Wadebridge Area  Vocal 


Please note that this list does not serve as a recommendation and is for information only.  Although all registered providers have provided evidence of their DBS check, Safeguarding Training and Public Liability Insurance, we still recommend that schools and parents satisfy themselves as to the suitability of a teacher before engaging.  

Other Subsidies Offered by the Hub

There are also subsidies available for instrument hire and orchestra/choir/ensemble membership for children on Free School Meals, Children in Care and children of currently serving British Services Personnel.  

Special Educational Needs

Students with statements of Special Educational Needs (or an Education Care and Health Plan) can receive a subsidy which allows them to receive an individual 20 minute lesson at the same rate as a small group lesson. This subsidy applies when schools feel that it would beneficial for the student to receive individual tuition rather than learning in a small group.  The subsidy is up to a maximum of £8.50 per lesson but usual small group fee still applies. 

If you think that your child might be eligible for music lesson subsidies, please speak to your school or music tuition provider for further details.

Minority Instruments

We have changed how we support 'Minority Instruments' (Bassoon, Cello, Double Bass, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba, Oboe, Tuned Orchestral Percussion and Viola) and a bursary scheme is now in place.  There are 80 bursaries available to subsidise the cost of learning one of these instruments. Please note that applications for this must be received by the deadline each Autumn term. (See 'Minority' or 'Endangered Species' Instruments page) 

Guidance and Training for Peripatetic Teachers



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