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Bursaries

Is money stopping you from taking part in music, dance or drama?

We grant music bursaries, dance bursaries and drama bursaries, up to £1,000 each, to talented young people aged 12-25 who can’t afford to access opportunities in the arts. A bursary typically pays for a year’s part time dance, music or drama classes, and it can be used to cover some other expenses and costs too, including tuition fees at drama school.

We open applications for bursaries several times a year, and the next deadline is 26 March 2021. If you apply after this, we’ll consider your application in the next round. Sign up to our newsletter and we’ll keep you posted about future deadlines.

Before you apply: check the criteria and documents you need…

Contact us if you need the application form printed, in large print, in braille or in another language.

Our bursaries are open to all young people aged between 12 and 25, regardless of where they live in the United Kingdom and irrespective of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, special educational needs, disability and sexual orientation. See our Equal Opportunities Policy.

“At drama school I have been challenged and inspired like never before. Without support from the NYAT, it would have been impossible for me to have taken up this incredible opportunity and be living my dream.”

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“I cannot imagine a life without music”

Mia’s story: how our music bursary helped keep her playing

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“Music is everything”

As part of a series of blogs and interviews about young musicians that NYAT supports alongside partner ABRSM, we asked Shania, a talented oboist about what music means to her

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