National Youth Arts Trust

The National Youth Arts Trust provides bursaries for music lessons, dance classes and drama school (recall) audition and tuition fees to young people aged between 12-25 who cannot afford to fund themselves.

We offer bursaries of up to £1,000 for a young person to access accredited professional dance training, one to one music lessons or to cover any fees and expenses incurred when recalled to audition for accredited drama schools and conservatoires. Trustees also consider applications from students attending accredited drama schools and conservatoires to help with tuition or maintenance fees.

Last updated on 1 November 2019

Who is eligible?

UK citizens aged between 12-25 years who are talented in the performing arts but are unable to afford the costs involved for part-time lessons and higher education.

Please note: The National Youth Arts Trust does not fund private school fees for children under the age of 16.

Grants are given via the supplier of the goods or services or by giving items rather than cash grants.

How to apply?

You can download an application form from the National Youth Arts Trust website. Electronic submissions are preferred via the charity's email address.

Please ensure you carefully read the criteria on the website and complete an application form alongside the supporting documents required, rather than send a generic funding request.

Referee reference

Applicants can apply directly but the charity requires them to provide a reference from a referee. By referee, we mean a teacher or tutor who has taught you in the past and can verify your aptitude and dedication to your education in the performing arts. Your referee should provide a satisfactory reference alongside your application form, detailing why they believe you are a strong candidate for a National Yourth Arts Trust bursary. This must be signed, stamped, on letterhead paper and include their full contact details.

Documents required

Proof of financial need (i.e. letter from your school stating you are in receipt of pupil premium or free school meals or proof of you or your family's entitlement to benefits), reference, proof of address, ID, enrolment letter for your performing arts tuition, CV or certificates in your performing arts practice (optional).

Processing applications

Trustees meet up to four times per year to review new applications.  Application deadlines are published on the National Youth Arts Trust website.

Depending on how far in advance of the deadline you apply, it can take up to four to five months to receive a decision.

We reply to all applicants, regardless of whether we can help them or not.

Please note: We are constantly fundraising for our bursary scheme but funds can run out at any point in the year.  If this happens, the bursary scheme is closed.

Other information

The National Youth Arts Trust runs youth theatre projects in Ely and Hull.  There is more information about these on the National Youth Arts Trust website if you live in these areas and you would like to join.

Contact details

National Yourth Arts Trust
The Furniture Practice, 31 Pear Street

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