Grants on offer to Hartlepool’s young musicians

Published Monday, 15th November 2021

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 of up to £1,000 to young musicians, both instrumental and vocal, who live in or have strong links with Hartlepool to enable them to study music at any educational establishment providing courses in musical education.

The grants are designed to assist those students who have already achieved a good standard in their musical studies and who may wish to make use of their musical ability in their future careers.

The trustees make annual awards of grants and also host an event in the Borough Hall at which some of the award winners are invited to perform.

Preston Simpson

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

  • be aged between 14 and 25 on 31st July 2022 and
  • 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 and
  • 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 25 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 at

Alternatively, contact Judith Oliver at Hartlepool Borough Council on 01429 523914 or e-mail

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Monday 17th January 2022 at 12 noon.