Music Centres

ArtForms Music Centres 2020-21

Update 23/9/20: The Music Centres were due to open for the new term on Saturday, 26th September. However, due to the current situation nationally, the decision has now been made to delay the opening of all music centres until Saturday 7th November at the earliest.

This is not a decision that we’ve taken lightly and we know that a lot of music centre learners will be really disappointed as there has already been such a long break since the centres closed in March. However we do feel it is the right decision at the current time. Even though Music Centre staff have worked incredibly hard to ensure that the centres could open safely and detailed controls and risk assessments are in place, by opening we would be increasing the potential risk at a time when COVID-19 cases are increasing. In addition, we are keen not to put undue strain on our host schools who, as you will understand, are under incredible pressure to stay open for all their pupils at this time.
Many of you will already have enrolled for the new term, and may have been waiting to hear back as to whether your place is confirmed. We will now be placing this process on hold until we have a clearer picture as to whether we will be able to go ahead in November. If you have already had a place confirmed, this will be held for you.
Please be assured that nobody will be charged for Music Centre activities until we are open again.
We hope you will understand our thinking here and we hope to have better news in the coming weeks.

If you would like to enrol for a Music Centre activity, you can still use our online form to register in advance. Your details will be held until we have a clear picture of what the situation will be as regards opening in November. 

Click here to go to our online form.

Please note that completing the form does in itself not commit you to payment, and it does not guarantee a place – once we receive your form, we will contact you to confirm your activities and arrange payment.

Music Centres and COVID

It is important to us that the Music Centres are able to open as safely as possible. We will therefore be introducing social distancing and other safety measures at all of the centres. Please click here to read our guidance on staying safe at Music Centres.

Terms and Conditions

Click here to read the terms and conditions for Music Centre provision 2020-21.


Want to learn to play an instrument or sing?  Already play, but want to improve? Get expert tuition and friendly support at Leeds Music Centres. The Music Centres run on Saturday mornings at venues all over Leeds.  All ages are welcome, from under 5s to over 60s.  We have something for everyone, from fun beginner groups to advanced ensembles, covering all styles and levels of experience.

To view our current Child Protection policy please click here..

Fee waivers and bursaries

We believe Music Centre fees are very reasonable, but further concessions are available to families on qualifying benefits including Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Child Tax Credit and others. You may be eligible for a discount of up to 66%, to a maximum of £100 per student.  For more information, please contact the Music Centre you want to join, or call the ArtForms office on 0113 378 2850.

Free instrument hire

Want to try out a new instrument?  We can provide a year’s free-of-charge instrument hire for beginners (subject to availability).   After the first year, a small charge applies.   If you want to buy an instrument, Take It Away is an interest free loan scheme run by the Arts Council, which allows people to borrow up to £2000 towards the cost of any instrument. Awards for Young Musicians offer grants to young musicians.

Click here to learn more about Take It Away.

Click here to learn more about Awards for Young Musicians.