Grants are awarded for up to £15,000 per project, and must be led by one London Music Service with at least two other professional partners.
We award four-year music Scholarships to children who have started learning an instrument and are doing really well but whose families find it difficult to pay for music lessons, meaning that without our support they would have to give up their studies. Since 2011 we have awarded 426 Scholarships to young musicians in London.
What does a scholar receive?
Weekly instrumental tuition at a suitably challenging level, normally in small groups (2-6 per group) or, in exceptional circumstances, one-to-one
Compulsory attendance at a weekly ensemble of a suitably challenging level
Regular performance opportunities at school, music service and elsewhere
Invitations to attend special projects and go on trips to professional concerts
A well maintained instrument which can be taken home
A named Mentor who is the liaison between the Scholar and family, music tutor and school
In order to be eligible for an award Scholars should:
Be in Year 5 at the latest
Attend a junior school in London where there are no school fees
Have been learning a musical instrument for a minimum of one year
Show potential and commitment to learning, but come from a family where the ongoing cost of tuition would be prohibitive.
Our vision is simple: we believe that every child who shows musical potential should be given the opportunity to develop that potential, regardless of their background.
We fund two programmes: Scholarships and Partnerships. Working in collaboration with the 32 London borough Music Education Hubs, we work with schools, community music providers and professional musicians across London to develop musical opportunities for children and young people.
We are delighted to be supported by ABRSM, working with them on a series of Playing Days for our scholars which focus on creative music-making. The video above showcases our 2017 Scholars’ Graduation.
Can you help?
With no statutory or government funding, 100% of our income is from individual philanthropy, corporate support and trusts and foundations.
Over the last 5 years, our supporters have helped us to award 380 four-year Scholarships and to fund 29 large-scale projects, reaching over 8,000 young musicians. In total, £1.6m in grants has been given directly to support music education in London.
If you believe in the power of music to change lives we hope you will join us in ensuring thousands more young musicians have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Youth Music projects take place in all kinds of places. Youth centres, libraries and prisons. Nurseries, hospitals and housing estates. Sometimes schools (although usually out-of-hours). Often, it’s the fact that they're not school which helps young people to engage.
Several times a year, organisations can apply to us for funding for their music-making projects. Big or small, if they have a great idea for helping young people through music, Youth Music will consider it.
Organisations have to demonstrate the need for their project in their local area. They need to prove they’ve talked to young people to find out what they want. They have to show a fully-costed plan. And most importantly, they need to explain exactly how their project will help change children’s lives.
Every year, Youth Music provides more than 100,000 young people with the opportunity to make music, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives.
Their music projects support young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and live happy, successful lives.
Youth Music’s ongoing research allows us to identify the best ways to engage young people and drive fresh thinking in music education. We also provide a growing online community for thousands of music education professionals.
Many young people still need Youth Music’s help. Join them on their mission to give every child the chance to make music.
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.
We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.