Music and MED‑EL 

At MED-EL, we care about helping you get the best benefit from your implant. Through the MED-EL UK music grant, users are given the chance to master a musical instrument or take up singing lessons. MED-EL UK also supports Music and the Deaf, a charity that helps deaf people access and enjoy music. 
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MED-EL UK Music Grant

The MED-EL UK music grant gives MED-EL hearing implant users the chance to own and learn to play a musical instrument or take up singing lessons for a year.

Every year a winner from our two categories: under 19s; 19s and over, will receive:

  • A musical instrument of their choice, up to the value of £500 (not applicable for singing lessons).
  • One 30 minute lesson (instrument or singing) per week for one year.
  • £30 allowance for sheet music.

It doesn't matter whether you're a musical beginner or already have some experience, all we ask is you have the commitment, enthusiasm and motivation to learn how to play an instrument.

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Terms and Conditions

  1. Only recipients of a MED-EL implant are eligible to apply for the MED-EL UK music award.
  2. Applicants must be UK residents.
  3. The MED-EL UK music award panel decides who will receive the awards based on the application submitted.
  4. The music award panel decisions are final.
  5. On the closing date for applications the potential award candidate for the under 19s category must be under 19 years old. Applicants aged 19 years or older are eligible to apply for the 19 years and over category.
  6. Beginners with no previous musical experience and improvers with prior experience are eligible to apply for these awards.
  7. The closing date for applications is 29th July.
  8. The winner will be notified by telephone/email by 16th August.
  9. Applicants under the age of 18 years must have parental consent when applying for the award.
  10. The winner will be supplied with an instrument of the winner's choice costing up to the value of £500 of a size and quality suitable for a student.
  11. MED-EL will not be responsible for any loss or damage to the instrument.
  12. Payment for all music lessons will be paid by MED-EL UK directly to the music teacher.
  13. There is no cash equivalent for the MED-EL UK music award.
  14. The award covers the costs for one 30 minute lesson per week for a period of one year, starting September of each year.
  15. The award does not cover any travel costs.
  16. MED-EL will cover the cost of sheet music/tuition books up to a value of £30.
  17. The winner will be required to be photographed for promotional purposes and to take part in promotional activity. MED-EL may feature the winner's interview/photograph/profile/story on the MED-EL website and other promotional materials.
Music and the Deaf

Music and the Deaf

MED-EL UK's nominated charity, Music and the Deaf (MATD), was founded in 1988 by Dr Paul Whittaker OBE, to help deaf people, and those who live and work with them, access and enjoy music.

Hearing implant users are very welcome at all workshops and events run by Music and the Deaf.

Working together for a two year period, MED-EL and MATD are running a joint programme of workshops and training courses, in addition to the wide range of activities and music clubs organised by the charity already.

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