Funding provided to each council authority for music tuition: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

In relation to the recent announcement that parents will no longer have to pay fees for children learning a musical instrument at school:

1. How much is each council getting in terms of funding for music tuition in the 2021-22 academic year?

2. How was it decided how much each council will receive?


The Scottish Government will provide funding in the 2021-22 academic year that replaces the portion of funding previously raised in revenue from charging. The funding allocation will be distributed in two ways. Firstly, every local authority will receive a share of £5m next academic year. The £5m quantum was reached based on data presented in the Improvement Service’s annual survey on instrumental music tuition and reflects the amount raised in fees by local authorities across Scotland. This £5m will be distributed to all local authorities based on the number of pupils 5-18 on the school roll in each area, regardless of current charging arrangements. Details of this distribution are detailed below:

  2021/22 Allocation 2022/23 Allocation
  £000s £000s
Aberdeen City 112 56
Aberdeenshire 172 86
Angus 72 36
Argyll & Bute 48 24
City of Edinburgh 247 123
Clackmannanshire 32 16
Dumfries & Galloway 89 44
Dundee City 87 44
East Ayrshire 77 39
East Dunbartonshire 82 41
East Lothian 71 35
East Renfrewshire 83 41
Falkirk 104 52
Fife 239 119
Glasgow City 334 167
Highland 146 73
Inverclyde 47 23
Midlothian 64 32
Moray 57 29
Na h-Eileanan Siar 16 8
North Ayrshire 86 43
North Lanarkshire 234 117
Orkney Islands 13 7
Perth & Kinross 86 43
Renfrewshire 113 57
Scottish Borders 69 35
Shetland Islands 16 8
South Ayrshire 68 34
South Lanarkshire 214 107
Stirling 60 30
West Dunbartonshire 59 30
West Lothian 130 65
All Grant Aided Schools 6 3

It is acknowledged that this approach would leave the authorities who were expecting to charge fees in the next academic year with an in-year budget deficit. The Scottish Government is therefore allocating additional funding to ‘top up’ charging authorities to the level they budgeted for instrumental music tuition fee income at the start of the current financial year (2021/22). COSLA and Scottish Government are currently gathering this information from local authorities. This top-up fund does not apply to those local authorities who did not budget for income from IMT fees during 2021/22.

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