Subsidies for Lessons and Registered Providers

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Subsidies for Instrumental/Vocal Tuition

The ASONE 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 34 weeks over the year.

Subsidy Policy for the Financial Year 2022-23


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 Process

We are currently confirming subsidy process arrangement with Cornwall Schools' Forum and Cornwall Council.  Details to follow


ASONE 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.  

Further information about our Registered Provider scheme can be found on our 'looking for a music teacher' page

Special Educational Needs

Students with Statements of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health & Care Plan can receive a subsidy which allows them to receive an individual 20 minute instrumental or vocal lesson at the same cost of a small group lesson (value of subsidy is up to a maximum of £8.50 per lesson and usual small group fee still applies). This subsidy only applies if a student has an ECHP/Statement of Special Education Needs and the school feels that it would beneficial for the student to receive individual tuition rather than learning as part of a small group.

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) 



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