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Bursary Scheme


Support towards course fees for families with lower household income.

If your family’s gross household income is £40,000 per year or under, you will be eligible to apply for a bursary towards your course fee for the summer productions. The scheme works on a sliding scale so that people who are the most in need receive the most help, and the upper end is discretionary depending on the funds we have available in any one year. Please note that the Bursary Scheme is only for those who have successfully auditioned and have been offered a place on one of our productions, and are not for any other courses.

How much help can I get?

These figures below show the bursaries we allocated in 2017, and whilst we cannot guarantee that it will be exactly the same this year, we hope that these examples will help to make the scheme as simple to understand as possible.

Gross income less than £15,000 p.a. = bursary of 75%

Gross income between £15,000 and £34,000 p.a. = bursary of 25% - 75%

Gross income between £34,000 and £40,000 p.a. (and Assistant Stage Managers) = bursary of 10% - 25%

Your gross household income is your total income from all earnings and benefits, before tax is deducted.

In 2017 we awarded 88 bursaries, accounting for 30% of our company members, reaching a total of just over £70,000.

It is important to note that we raise the money for the Bursary Scheme each year, so the amount available is different every season and nothing can be guaranteed beforehand. If you are fortunate enough to receive a bursary, we appreciate notes of thanks to pass on to our generous supporters.

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How do I apply?

Once offers of places on productions are sent out in March, you will need to complete the Bursary Application Form and the Bursary Payment Form (which will be included in your offer pack) and return them to us, along with evidence of income and your first payment, by the specified deadline. We examine each case individually to ensure we are being as fair as possible, and there is a section on the form to note down any additional details you feel may be relevant to your case. You MUST pay a deposit of at least £50 to secure your place on the course.

We will then write to you to let you know whether your application has been successful and if so, how much your bursary will be. You will also receive a revised Direct Debit Payment Plan (from GoCardless) which takes into account the amount you have already paid, as well as your bursary, and we will break the remaining balance into manageable instalments. We are very proud to state that nobody has ever been turned away from YMT for financial reasons.

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Stage Scholarship

Youth Music Theatre UK and The Stage are delighted to announce that we are offering a Stage Scholarship to one lucky performer who auditions in 2018.
The STAGE Scholarship is a 100% Bursary for a young person who is successful at YMT auditions. If eligible they will receive a full scholarship to take part in one of YMT's eight summer production projects; it offers full-board accommodation on a residential production, as well as tuition and pastoral care, and production costs at the venue.
There are three criteria to be eligible for The Stage Scholarship at YMT:
• The young person aged 11-21 must not have taken part in YMT production projects before.
• They must be eligible for our Bursary Scheme, i.e. from a household with income below the threshold of £30,000 p.a.
• Given the above two criteria, they will be the highest scoring individual in the year as judged by our team of directors, choreographers and musical directors.

Is there any other help available if I am struggling to pay the rest of my course fee or I’m not eligible for a bursary?

YES! Try our fundraising advice page. If you need any more help, please email mail@ymtuk.org or call 020 8563 7725 – we’re always here to support you.


Our Bursary Scheme relies upon the generous support of the following trusts, foundations and individuals:

The Monument Trust
The Robertson Trust
Universal Music Group International 
Gareth Bunn Consulting Ltd.
The Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust
The David and June Gordon Memorial Trust
Entertainment Retailers Association

In addition to the other individual supporters and YMT parents who have kindly donated to the scheme. We are incredibly grateful to them all.

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