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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 will be in early 2022, tbc. 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…

With thanks to the family and friends of Oli Williams, who in his memory have supported our bursary scheme amongst other projects, and started the Olibob Award for special recognition of inclusivity, encouragement, kindness, and support of others in drama or music groups. Know someone who deserves an award like this?

With thanks also to the family and friends of Gilly Lee, who loved the arts, and in her memory is sponsoring some of our drama bursaries in 2021.

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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