National Youth Arts Trust bursaries are granted to young people between the ages of 7 and 25 who are unable to access training opportunities in the arts due to their financial circumstances.

There are three types of bursaries available: Dance, Music & Access Bursaries.
Please refer to the bursary criteria below for more detailed information regarding eligibility and how to apply.
Please ensure you have carefully read the bursary criteria before completing an application form. It is imperative you meet all of the bursary criteria before submitting an application.

NYAT BURSARY APPLICATION FORM can be downloaded in the following formats:
Adobe PDF MS Word (docx) Open Document (odt)


Our bursaries will be open to all young people regardless of where they live in the United Kingdom and irrespective of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, special educational needs, disability and sexual orientation. Our bursaries are however, designed to specifically impact those whose financial circumstances inhibit their access to solid training opportunities in the arts.
Please find our full Equal Opportunities Policy HERE.

We will be open to receive bursary applications from the date below:
Monday 19th February 2018
The deadline for submitting bursary applications is:
Friday 6th April 2018
Please Note: Each application is assessed on an individual basis, alongside being assessed in accordance with the charity’s criteria as stated above. Even if an applicant meets the aforementioned criteria, it does not automatically guarantee a bursary. Competition is high and the NYAT is unfortunately unable to grant bursaries for every application. All decisions made by the committee are final.

For the National Youth Arts Trust’s helpful links and recommended pages, please click HERE.



The National Youth Arts Trust will offer a bursary of up to £1000 for a young person between the ages of 7-25 to access accredited professional dance training. The applicant must be supported by a referee who is able to show a range of evidence to testify the applicant’s talent, potential and commitment to the art form.
In addition to the cost of classes, applicants may also apply for funding to cover the costs of specialist dance clothing, and where necessary for travel to and from the class.


The National Youth Arts Trust will offer a bursary of up to £1000 for a young person between the ages of 7-25 to access accredited professional music lessons. The applicant must be supported by a 'referee' who is able to show a range of evidence to testify the applicant’s talent, potential and commitment to the art form.
Our bursaries will fund lessons, both instrumental and singing, taught by teachers who enter pupils for the ABRSM exams.


The National Youth Arts Trust will offer a bursary of up to £200 for a young person between the ages of 17-25 to cover any fees and expenses incurred when recalled to audition for accredited drama schools and conservatoires. Trustees also consider applications from students attending accredited drama schools and conservatoires to help with tuition or maintenance fees. We are unfortunately unable to accept applications for first time auditions.


By referee, we mean a teacher or tutor who has taught you in the past and can verify your aptitude and dedication to your education in the performing arts. Your referee should provide a satisfactory reference alongside your application form, detailing why they believe you are a strong candidate for an NYAT bursary; this must be signed, stamped, on letterhead paper and include their full contact details.


  • You must be a UK citizen (for a minimum of three years or more).
  • You must be in full or part-time education and be eligible for Pupil Premium.
  • If you are not in education, employment or training, or are a Scottish applicant, you must be able to evidence any benefits you are in receipt of to demonstrate that your financial circumstances meet the charity’s criteria.
  • You must be able to demonstrate talent, potential and dedication to improving your skills in your chosen art form in your application.
  • You must have a referee supporting your application.



  • We will only accept beginners' applications from secondary school age individuals for singing. All other beginners must be under the age of 12.


IMPORTANT: Our dance and music bursary recipients have to receive a good assessment from their teacher/ tutor each term. If the assessment is not satisfactory, funding may be stopped.


Application forms for bursaries can be downloaded from our website on the Apply page (above). There are three deadlines per year, which are stated on the Apply page (above). Incomplete applications will not be considered and we DO NOT fund retrospectively. Once you have filled in the application form, you must also supply us with the required supporting documents at the time of application (copies only). We need:
  1. A letter from the senior management team at your school confirming you are currently in receipt of Pupil Premium (if applicable);
  2. NEET applicants who are unable to obtain a pupil premium record, must evidence being in receipt of benefits
  3. A letter of recommendation from your referee (signed, stamped and on school letterhead paper or other);
  4. A copy of a bill or council tax letter, proving your residency in the UK and any Home Office documents in support of your residency status if applicable ( i.e. right to remain card);
  5. A copy of your passport;
  6. A copy of a letter of enrolment to your dance or music school (if you have already enrolled);
  7. A copy of a letter of invitation to audition to an accredited drama school or conservatoire (if applicable);
  8. A copy of an academic transcript/ certificate/ award showing your proficiency in the art form you wish to pursue and a CV if applicable;
  9. You are welcome to provide a video of your performing arts practice but this is not compulsory (a maximum of 5 minutes and it must be a link to a webpage – no CD’s please).

Please note: All supporting documents and personal information will be kept strictly confidential and will never be passed onto any third parties. If you are successful in receiving an NYAT bursary, certain information you provide (such as a testimony or photograph) may be utilized in our fundraising activities.
Your application form and a copy of any supporting documents should be sent to:
National Youth Arts Trust
c/o The Furniture Practice
31 Pear Tree Street

(Applications are preferred electronically).
Please contact us if you need the application form as a hard copy, in large print, in braille, in dyslexia friendly style or in another language.


A sub-committee of the National Youth Arts Trust Board of Trustees, supported by associates from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and the dance sector, will meet each school term and be responsible for awarding grants and for the evaluation of related impact. The committee will also monitor applications to see if any groups, communities, or regions are under represented, with a view to doing more outreach work.

Please see our FAQ’s HERE if you require any more information.
Alternatively please do not hesitate to contact us here if you have any further questions regarding our bursaries.
Thank you for your interest in the National Youth Arts Trust.
We wish you all the very best in your application.