Lewisham Music is delighted to announce a new phase of bursary support for young people and families in Lewisham.

In 2020 Young Sounds UK (formerly Awards for Young Musicians) welcomed Lewisham Music as London’s first ever Music Education Hub to benefit from their award-winning ‘Furthering Talent’ bursary programme. In 2023 we are delighted to announce that this partnership has been extended for another three years.


Furthering Talent is designed to help young musicians from low income families as soon as sparks of musical potential start flying. We will support their instrumental learning far beyond school whole class music lessons so they can keep making music and developing their creativity for as long as possible.


Meet Abimaro, Lewisham’s Local Project Coordinator and Music Connector…


What’s on offer?

Furthering Talent is a child-centered music programme for young people who have demonstrated musical potential, but who without intervention would not be able to continue making music and developing their creativity. Each young person will benefit from:


  • 2 years of paid instrumental music lessons

  • An Individual Learning Plan

  • An annual bursary of £50 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!