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Funding routes for training at a CDMT Accredited school can vary according to the type of courses offered. Information on the funding streams offered at each school can be found on the individual listings for each provider, and an overview of each type of funding is as follows:

Dance and Drama Awards (DaDAs)

First introduced in 1999, the Dance and Drama Awards offer annual scholarships to exceptionally talented performing arts students studying at some of the country’s leading providers of vocational training in dance, drama and musical theatre. DaDAs are only available to students aged between 16 and 23, and who are studying for a Trinity College London (TCL) Professional Performing Arts Diploma at levels 5 and 6 at one of the 16 approved providers.

Students who wish to apply for an award should contact the schools to which they are auditioning directly to enquire about DaDA funding. You can find out more about the DaDA scheme, including the levels of support available, on the DaDA Information website and the dedicated space.

Higher Education (HE) loans through Student Finance (England and Wales)

Higher Education (HE) student loans can be accessed by students who are undertaking a Degree programme awarded by a university.

To find out more about HE Student Loans, please visit the website by clicking here.

Music and Dance Scheme (MDS)

The Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme currently enables exceptionally talented young musicians and dancers aged between 8 and 19 to access financial help for specialist education or training.

MDS provides grants and help with fees at 8 independent schools and 21 centres for advanced training. Visit for more information on MDS and the National Dance CATs website for more information on Centres for Advanced Training in Dance.

Other Funding

Some courses may not be funded by any awards. In these cases, students are responsible for the full cost of fees and may need to secure private funding via loans, scholarships and trusts. You may like to consider approaching some potential sponsors who may have an interest in funding your studies, such as local charities/philanthropists. We are also aware that The Scholarship Hub holds a database of charities that offer scholarships to students, and you may wish to visit the following links find out whether any of these organisations offer funding suitable to your needs: