Lewisham Music is delighted to announce a new phase of bursary support for children and families in Lewisham. Following a successful application to Awards for Young Musicians, Lewisham Music has recently been announced as London’s first ever Music Education Hub to benefit from their award-winning ‘Furthering Talent’ bursary programme.


Furthering Talent is designed to help musical young people from low income families from the moment the first sparks of potential appear. We will support their instrumental learning far beyond the whole class music lessons, so they can keep on playing music well into their teens and beyond.


Meet Abimaro, Lewisham’s Local Project Coordinator…


What’s on offer?

Furthering Talent is a child-centered music programme for young people who have demonstrated potential, but who without intervention would not be unable to begin their musical journey. Each young person will benefit from:


  • 2 years of paid instrumental music lessons

  • An Individual Learning Plan

  • An annual bursary of £150 to reach their self-set musical goals

  • Termly ‘Get Togethers’ to broaden their musical experiences




Programme criteria

Furthering Talent is designed to help musical young people facing challenging circumstances and should:


  • Demonstrate musical potential and show a passion to learn on any musical instrument

  • Be in years 5 – 6 (Primary) or years 7-8 (Secondary) and attend a non-fee paying school

  • Live or be educated in the London Borough of Lewisham

  • Be from a family that is struggling to meet the costs of learning an instrument and/or those experiencing barriers to accessing music education (i.e. Looked after child, young carer)

  • Have family/ carer support to benefit from the opportunities provided through the programme


How to make a nomination?

Please download the nomination form below and return it via email to Abimaro.


Nomination form


Have any questions?

Please get in touch with Abimaro, Lewisham’s Local Project Coordinator…


Email: abimaro.gunnell@lewishammusic.org

Telephone: 07426 025 585


We look forward to hearing from you soon!