A helping hand for Hartlepool’s young musicians

Published Wednesday, 23rd October 2019

Grants are on offer to young people in Hartlepool to help them with their musical studies.

The money is available from the Preston Simpson and Sterndale Young Musicians Trust – an educational charity administered by Hartlepool Borough Council.

The Trust makes financial awards of varying amounts to young musicians, both instrumental and vocal, to enable them to study music at any educational establishment providing courses in musical education.

To qualify to be considered for a grant, applicants must:

  • be aged between 14 and 25 on 31 July 2020


  • have been born in the borough of Hartlepool or have/have had a parent who has lived in the borough for not less than five years.

They should also be able to show a keen interest in music and have an above average musical talent indicated by:

  • a minimum standard of Grade V in the Associated Board Examination or an equivalent qualification from Trinity College London.


  • membership of bands and orchestras, or
  • evidence of participation in musical concerts, or
  • a genuine intention of pursuing a musical career, including at this stage a commitment to GCSE Music.

Chris Simmons, Chair of the Trust, said: “Over the years the grants have played an important part in helping many talented young people in Hartlepool to overcome financial hurdles in the pursuit of their musical careers.

“This year grants were given to 22 young people, in varying amounts of up to £1,000, so they are well worth applying for.”

Further information and the application form are available online by clicking hereAlternatively, contact Judith Oliver at Hartlepool Borough Council on 01429 523914 or e-mail judith.oliver@hartlepool.gov.uk

Completed application forms must be returned to the Council by Wednesday 27 November 2019.