Centre Opening Times

Colwell Arts Centre is now open 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.

Help with costs

Free instrument hire & group membership

Young people entitled to free school meals or on low incomes are entitled to free instrument hire and 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).


Free instrument hire is provided by a bursary from Gloucestershire Music, and free group membership would be provided by the Friends of Gloucestershire Music. To apply for financial aid please email us at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk


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

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