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 2013 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 Mrs Hayton (nee Dayas), a former Hampshire teacher, in her will.

Councillor 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 all dealt with in writing so there need be no audition fears – this is not the X Factor.”

Application forms and further details are available from Hampshire County Council’s Music Service on 02380 652037 or by e-mail to music.service@hants.gov.uk.

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2013.