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:
- Currently eligible for Free School Meals (Not including FSM universal entitlement for Infants School pupils)
- Currently in Care
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:
- Parent/carer in the child’s household or child learning is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (Personal Independence Payment)
- One or more parents/carers in the household are currently serving in the British Armed Forces (As of 1st April 2020)
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.
Process for Claiming Subsidies
If you are a music teacher who is paid directly by parents:
- Register with the Hub as a provider.
- Complete and email the electronic CMEH Subsidy Claim form (see below) by the date on the form (last Friday before half term) to CMEH@cornwall.gov.uk. You must submit a claim each term for the students you wish to claim for.
- On receipt, CMEH will raise a projected Purchase Order number for the whole term.
- Payment will be made in arrears and on receipt of an invoice quoting the Purchase Order number together with completed registers which confirm the number of lessons delivered to each pupil; this can be either half termly or termly.
- In order to qualify for the subsidy on the grounds of being in receipt of Disability Living Allowance/PIP or a Services Family, families should provide their Registered Provider with a copy of evidence (eg letter or ID card).
- All subsidy forms will be checked at the CMEH office against the Central Cornwall Council register to confirm eligibility for Free School Meals and Children in Care. Subsidy will not be paid for students who are found to be ineligible at the time of delivery.
- Please note subsidy forms received after the deadline on the claim form may not be accepted.
- Registered Providers are required to resubmit information relating to DBS checks and public/employer liability on an annual basis at the start of each financial year.
If you are a School collecting tuition fees from parents on behalf of the delivering teacher:
- Ensure the music teacher(s) is a Hub Registered Provider (see list below).
- Complete and email (to CMEH@cornwall.gov.uk) the electronic CMEH Subsidy Claim Form (see below) by the date stated (last Friday before half term). You must submit a claim each term.
- Submit registers of attendance for eligible children to the Hub office at the end of term.
- Payment will be made in arrears after the end of term on receipt of the registers which show how many lessons were delivered.
- In order to qualify for the subsidy on the grounds of being in receipt of Disability Living Allowance/PIP or a Services Family, families should provide their school with a copy of evidence.
- All subsidy forms will be checked at CMEH office against the Central Cornwall Council register and subsidy will not be paid for students who are found to be ineligible at the time of delivery.
- Please note subsidy forms received after the deadline on the claim form may not be accepted.
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 Questionnaire, Subsidy 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:
- CMEH Registered Provider Application Form- Plus all required documentation as listed above (DBS Check, Safeguarding Training certificate, Health & Safety Policies and Public Liability Insurance)
- CMEH Delivery Agreement for Registered Providers - FY 2020-21
- BACS Payment Set-up form
- For Info - CMEH Subsidy Policy for the Financial Year 2020/21
Please send all documents to us at email@example.com.
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.
|Wadebridge Area||Piano, Saxophone, Flute, Fife, Clarinet|
|West Cornwall||Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Ukulele|
|East Cornwall||Drum, Guitar, Rock Academy|
|East Cornwall||Piano, Keyboard|
Hannah Birt - West Cornwall Suzuki Violin and Early Years Music
Harry Fayer - Cornwall Guitar Academy
|Mid and North/East Cornwall||Harp|
|St Austell area||Brass|
|Mid Cornwall||Piano, Vocal, Brass|
|West Cornwall||String tuition, Music Therapy|
|Newquay/Truro Area||Violin, recorder, piano, theory|
|East Cornwall||Bassoon, Violin, Viola, recorder|
Steff Benton-Martyn - Benton Music
|Mid Cornwall||Music Technology|
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.
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
- ISM have produced a guidance document for peripatetic music teachers with advice on safeguarding, fees, insurance and contracts - ISM Guidance for Teachers
- Musicians Union have also produced guidance for music teachers with everything from pay rates, contract advice to H&S information - Music Education - Advice for Musicians
- Safeguarding training - Music Mark - online safeguarding training for music groups and private tutors
- ABRSM have worked with the MU to create a music specific online course for music teachers - child protection in music education