music changes young people’s lives

financial support

We are able to wholly or partly fund students* for the activities detailed below.

  • Instrumental / Vocal lessons
  • Group / ensemble membership
  • Purchase of instruments and equipment
  • Costs of exam entry
  • Costs of auditions and interviews

* Students should be aged 18 yrs and under, unless it is for an audition fee where the student must be under 19 at the time of audition.

FOSYM Awards and Grant Application Forms

FOSYM Awards

This form should be completed for pupils having or applying for support for lessons in Music Partnership schools (Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Telford) with a Music Service teacher.

The purpose of the award is to encourage young people who show an interest or talent in music, where parents / carers’ financial circumstances may not be able to support fully the cost of lessons.  FOSYM can contribute towards the costs of shared or individual lessons or participation in ensembles.  Support can be given for costs related to music exams, purchase of music, attendance at an audition at a conservatoire or music course at university.

If you are an individual up to 18 years old, having private lessons or are in a school where lessons are delivered by non-Music Service staff, please complete our FOSYM Grants for individuals form.

Grants for Music Centres

Grants can be made to Music Centres in Staffordshire to cover a range of different things including: fees and costs for individual pupils, costs of projects, support for residential courses, special events, purchase of music or instruments.

Please see the application form for full details.


Grants for individuals

This form is for individuals undertaking private lessons, or in schools where lessons are delivered by non-Music Service teachers.

Grants can cover a wide range of activity including costs of an audition for a course at a conservatoire or music courses at universities, attendance at short courses or costs related to involvement in regional or national ensembles.  Dependent on circumstances, help towards costs of lessons will also be considered.

Grants for Schools

Grants can cover a variety of music actviities and projects in schools.


FOSYM are able to make these awards because they have been fortunate to receive generous gifts from the following:


We hold and administer The Lavey Fund, which was established by the Bebbington family.  This is used to make annual awards to young musicians who, as well as having made outstanding musical progress, have engaged fully in music centre and school activities.  They have often helped younger students and assisted in the running of events.  Nominations are made towards the end of each academic year by teachers and Entrust Music Service staff.


The Murfin Fund was established in 2018 by a generous gift in memory of Paul Murfin, a percussionist and Staffordshire teacher.  It is being used to support young percussionists to obtain special tuition.


The John W R Taylor Award for Singing was established in 2012 in memory of a former Staffordshire Director of Music, at the behest of his widow, Mrs Margaret M Hassall BEM (who is also one of our patrons).  Currently the award is made to the Staffordshire Young Singer of the Year.