Project information

GAM Music Bursary Scheme extended

Gloucester Academy of Music offers high quality training and performance opportunities to young musicians from Gloucestershire. With the government cuts impacting on schools' ability to provide music lesson we need to make this accessible to all primary school children regardless of their finances.

September 2013 - December 2016

Charity information: Music@bmggampa Limited

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  • Need


    Learning to play an instrument has major advantages for a growing brain and should be a key part of school education, (quote: neuroscientist Professor Nina Kraus).

    The government cuts to school means that this opportunity has now reduced dramatically especially in less wealthy areas leading to less and less students being able to express themselves through music.


    GAM is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status, all our income is invested in maintaining and improving the Academy services and keeping fees as low as possible.
    We started last year by creating a Bursary Scheme for 11 to 18 year old and raised some money through a number of fund raising activities. We would like now to expand to include younger children as well and include fees for Summer Courses not just term activities

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Is to enable young musicians in Gloucestershire to benefit from individual and ensemble tuition


    » Allocate income from Summer courses to the bursary fund
    » Annual fund raising activities (e.g. Concerts to give children experience; bag packing in local supermarket)
    » Applying for funds from different organisations

    What success will look like

    Ability to create ensemble who will be able to enjoy performing with other youngsters who share their passion

  • Impact


    Increase in number of young students benefitting from the scheme and being recognised at local events (e.g. Cheltenham Festival of Music and Art)


    The funding not sustainable in the long run - the fees introduced have been tailored so that the amount on offer is proportionate to the fund condition. Regular fund raising and applications for fundings.
    Students leaving the scheme too early - selection criteria linked to the financial status and talent and potential. Annual review of these criteria and progress made by the student


    Regular newsletter and invites to performances

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,000 Annual fees Aim to build to 10 students a year for 3 years average
  • Background


    Gloucester is a working class town where unemployment rate runs around 5.5%.
    The standards of living are marginally below national average within the town centre.


    A number of less financially able children in the Gloucestershire area including the Forest of Dean. It will improve the public perception of the city too

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The experience and the passion from teachers who have been previous pupils and do this at very competitive price.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Glyn Oxley

    He is the promoter and sponsor of this Scheme and have been trying for years to make it sustainable