Help with the costs of learning to play an instrument

We have two schemes to help families to support their child’s music education.

Assisted tuition scheme

The Assisted Tuition Scheme (ATS) supports families who may not have the means to fully afford their child’s instrumental tuition.

This scheme only supports instrumental music provision provided by Wigan Music Service. You cannot use it to apply for support for private tuition or activities run by other providers, even if this provision takes place in your child’s school.

Applications are made by paper application.

For information about the application process and to request an application pack, please contact us by phone or email. 

Please note: The ATS panel meets once per term to review applications. Any applications, received after a panel meeting has taken place, will only be considered the following term. Please contact Wigan Music Service for the ATS deadline information.

Assisted instrument purchase scheme (AIPS)

This helps pupils at local authority schools to buy instruments without paying the VAT which can amount to significant savings on high street prices.

This scheme is approved by HMRC - Learn more about HMRC assisted purchase scheme (external link).

You can get professional advice from Music Service staff who will help you to purchase the most suitable instrument at the best price. Contact us for more information.

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