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Need funding to develop your musical talent? Apply by 31 January

Would-be musicians across Hampshire have until 31 January to bid for funding to help them develop their talents – with an application to the 2017 round of Dayas Music Scholarships, administered by Hampshire County Council.

Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar said: “For some people, musical tuition and support is only accessible while they’re at school. Dayas Music Scholarships are our way of helping those over 18 to enjoy learning an instrument, revive a skill they developed as a child, or hone their abilities in things like composition or conducting.

“Continuing to learn beyond our school years enriches our lives and opens doors, which is why Hampshire County Council supports a wide variety of adult learning initiatives. We also know that playing music can have very positive effects on a person’s wellbeing, so I’m delighted that we are able to continue to support adults to pursue their passion for music, through the Dayas scholarships.”

The Dayas Music Scholarship was originally set up from a sum of money left by a former Hampshire teacher, in her will.

Mrs Mary Hayton (nee Dayas) from Lee-On-Solent, died in 1978, and left a legacy that has been administered by Hampshire County Council each year since, giving people above school-age the chance to apply for support to pursue their musical interests. Her wishes were primarily to encourage adults to play the piano, but the scheme diversified in later years to include singing and playing other instruments, or to further develop skills in areas such as composition, conducting and performance.

These music scholarships give the chance for people over 18 to seek support for new musical interests, to have lessons to help them refresh “rusty” musical skills in singing or playing an instrument, or to further develop skills in other areas.

The application process is completed in writing, so no auditions are required. Application forms and further details are available from Hampshire County Council’s Music Service on 023 8065 2037 or by e-mail to The closing date for applications is 31 January.

See information about the scholarship on the Hampshire Music Service website.

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