We are delighted to be able to partially reopen Colwell Arts Centre from the 26th April 2021 on a strict appointment-only basis. To collect, return or exchange an instrument, please contact us at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk to make an appointment.


Whilst we are unable to provide you with our normal music lessons, music centres, county music groups and events due to Government restrictions we are putting our efforts into providing you with some educational, fun, inspiring links to enable you to keep your music making going! Click here for more information.



Please note that all face-to-face rehearsals and concerts have been cancelled until further notice, keeping in line with the Government’s direction on COVID-19. However, we are delighted to announce the launch of our online ensemble sessions, open to anyone in Gloucestershire. Please click here for more details.

Help with costs

Free instrument hire & reduced price groups membership

Young people entitled to free school meals or on low incomes are entitled to free instrument hire and half price membership of Gloucestershire Music's groups and centres.

You will need to:

1. Receive lessons from a tutor supplied by a Local Authority or Academy School within the normal school teach day OR be a member of one of our County Music Groups


2. Currently have parents in receipt of one of the following:

- Income Support

- Income Based Job Seeker's Allowance

- Income related Employment & Support Allowance

- Support under part 6 of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999

- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).  (Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit Run On - the payment someone receives for a further 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit - their children are entitled to free school meals.  Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals).


Support with fees and more

Awards for Musicians help young people who want to learn music but are struggling with costs. Support includes bursaries; support for your first 1-1 or small group lessons following whole class tuition in school; and mentoring. Find out from the Awards for Young Musicians website

Help us improve Gloucestershire music

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