As we reported a couple of weeks ago, schools are braced for a tough financial time over the next few years. In addition to changes in the law that will mean they will have to contribute more to national insurance and pension costs for their staff, headteachers of larger schools are also having to implement the Government’s new apprenticeship scheme at their own cost too. Additionally, the new ‘fair funding’ consultation has revealed significant cuts to many schools on top of a reduction in school spending from the Department for Education. All of this has resulted in many headteachers asking serious questions about whether or not the structures of the schools can remain the same (several schools in our part of the country are considering shutting their sixth forms), reducing the curriculum offer (taking non-EBacc subjects out of the curriculum) or even the possibility of a four day week.

Agains this backdrop, we wanted to do some to help music teachers who often report to us that they find it difficult to raise the much needed funds for their departments. To help support them, we have launched our new funding guide for music education in the school.

This guide draws on our expertise in sourcing funding for music education. Following on from some general funding principles, it considers how funding can be raised through the work of individual music departments and their various activities. It also discusses how to make productive representation to the senior management team within the school for funding. Most importantly, it discusses the importance of partnership working to obtain funding from sources external to the school, including music education hubs and other charitable sources.

The guide also contains stories written by heads of music that we have worked with over the years. We are very grateful for their testimonies.

UCan Play is ideally placed to help you with your funding bids. We offer a range of services. These include:

  1. Free consultations by telephone or online to help you explore the opportunities for funding;
  2. Ongoing support as you write your funding application;
  3. Free quotations for any musical instruments, audio or video technologies that you might want to bid for. These quotations will always contain highly preferential educational prices;
  4. Brokering relationships to range of music education and industry partners that we work with who may also be interested in helping support your bid for funding;
  5. Partnering with organisations with specific projects to provide bespoke research, technical, pedagogical and evaluation services.

Please feel free to contact us any help with your funding applications. Please let us know how you get on and if you have any top tips for us to include in our next guide please send them over!