The Dance CAT’s are funded by the Department for Education’s (DfE) Music and Dance Scheme (MDS). This scheme currently enables around 2,000 exceptionally talented children to have access to the best specialist music and dance training available alongside a good academic education.

The DfE offer grants which are means-tested based on family’s annual earnings per tax year, with deductions and allowances made for dependents in accordance with their guidelines.

Families’ financial circumstances are reviewed annually and support is available to families whose income falls below £68,506 per annum (2019/2020). Students who are eligible and who make sufficient progress will be entitled to receive financial assistance until they graduate or exit from the programme.

To qualify for a MDS national grant the applicant must have been resident in the British Islands for three years prior, be a member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland or be a refugee of the child of a refugee (conditions apply).

Relevant income 2018/2019: After deducting £2072 per dependent including the grant holder (amount for 2019/2020 will be confirmed soon) Amount of grant awarded Parental Contribution
up to £31,139 £3,798 nil
£31,140 to £35,292 £3,417 £381
£35,293 to £39,444 £3,037 £761
£39,445 to £43,596 £2,658 £1,140
£43,597 to £47,748 £2,278 £1,520
£47,749 to £51,899 £1,899 £1,899
£51,900 to £56,053 £1,520 £2,278
£56,054 to £60,205 £1,140 £2,658
£60,206 to £64,357 £761 £3,037
£64,358 to £68,506 £382 £3,416
£68,507 and above nil £3,798

For more information about the scheme visit the Department for Education.