Hampshire musicians can apply for talent funding

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BUDDING musicians across Hampshire are being invited to bid for a share of funding to help them develop their talents.

Applications are being invited for the 2012 round of Dayas Music Scholarships. This is an annual grants scheme administered by Hampshire County Council – set up from a sum of money left by former teacher Mrs Gwendoline Hayton (nee Dayas) in her will.

Cllr Ken Thornber, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: ‘These music scholarships give the chance for people above school-age 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 areas such as composition, conducting and performance.’

The application process is dealt with in writing and application forms and further details are available from the council’s music service on (023) 8065 2037 or by email to music.service@hants.gov.uk. The closing date for applications is January 31, 2012.