The Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund

Bursary funds linkFUND CRITERIA

Please read these criteria before applying for a bursary using the appropriate link at the bottom of this page

  • Bursaries are usually for a maximum of £300 and limited in number. The normal maximum number of bursaries awarded to any individual is three.
  • Bursaries are awarded by the ESTA Bursary Committee four times a year.
  • The decision of the ESTA Bursary Committee is final.

Children wishing to attend a chamber music course

  • The child’s teacher must be a full member of ESTA UK
  • The child must be aged 18 or under and in full time education
  • The course must be either wholly Chamber Music or have a significant amount of compulsory Chamber Music within it. The amount of Chamber Music will be taken into account when considering the amount of any bursary.
  • The parent/guardian will need to show need of financial assistance. Bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need, not the playing ability of the child.
  • The child will be required to write a pre-course ‘thank you’ message for ESTA’s social media platform and within 2 weeks of the end of the course to provide a write-up describing what s/he gained from the course. ESTA UK reserves the right to publish this write-up or extracts from it.
  • Where the bursary is sponsored by one of ESTA’s corporate partners, both the pre-course thank you and post course write-up must mention the name of the sponsor.
  • Bursaries are paid directly to the course organiser on receipt of the course write-up, an invoice for the amount of the bursary awarded and confirmation that the applicant has paid the balance of fees for the course.

CLICK HERE to apply for a JDCMF bursary for a child to attend a course

Teachers wishing to organise a Chamber Music project for their pupils

  • The teacher must be a full member of ESTA UK
  • The project must involve children aged 18 or under and in full time education
  • The project must be either wholly Chamber Music or have a significant amount of compulsory Chamber Music within it. The amount of Chamber Music will be taken into account when considering the amount of any bursary.
  • Special consideration will be given for projects in communities that are geographically isolated or, for any other reason lacking in such opportunities. Any practical needs can be catered for, such as the setting up of small music libraries, the hiring of rooms, the purchase of music stands, funding tutors specialising in Chamber Music.
  • The teacher will be required to provide a write-up of their experience running the project and how the bursary helped. This must be submitted within two weeks of the end of the project. ESTA UK reserves the right to publish this write-up or extracts from it.
  • Where the bursary is sponsored by one of ESTA’s corporate partners, both the pre-course thank you and post course write-up must mention the name of the sponsor.

CLICK HERE to apply for a JDCMF project bursary