Youth Music Programme

The National Foundation for Youth Music was established in 1999 and is supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of England. It was set up to promote and develop substantial musical opportunities for children and young people, up to the age of 25, living in challenging circumstances throughout England.

The Foundation currently offers two levels of funding:

  • Fund A – grants of £2,000 to £30,000 for six to 24-month projects that will help to achieve the Foundation’s vision for a musically inclusive England
  • Fund B – grants of £30,001 to £100,000 for 18 to 36-month projects or grants of £100,001 to £150,000 for 24 to 36-month-projects that expand and embed musically inclusive practice within and beyond the applicant’s organisation (Larger grants for 36 months may be made in exceptional circumstances for cross-regional or national strategic programmes)

Grants are available to charitable and non-profit organisations in the UK to support:

  • Developmental music-making projects for children and young people (up to the age of 25) resident in England, who face barriers to music-making as a result of the circumstances they are in
  • Strategic work supporting the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider sector to ensure that high-quality sustained music-making opportunities exist for young people

Priorities for funding are focused on:

  • Early years – children aged 0 to 5 years
  • Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEN/D)
  • Not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • Youth justice – children and young people who are, have been, or are at risk of being in contact with the youth justice system
  • Coldspots – children and young people who face barriers to accessing diverse music-making opportunities as a direct result of where or who they are

The 2018 application deadlines are:

  • Fund A – 24 August and 7 December 2018
  • Fund B – 18 May and 9 November 2018

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