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From Soft Touch Arts, Leicester

Youth Music is a charitable funder. This means that we give grants to other organisations - small charities, arts venues, music businesses, youth clubs, music education hubs, housing associations, nurseries and more - to run music making projects or create career progression opportunities in music.

Youth Music funding is made available through a grants applications process, with several funding rounds each year.

Youth Music is supported by the National Lottery via Arts Council England. This enables us to invest in projects all over England. Thanks to additional funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery, we've been able to launch our Incubator Fund to support young people and music businesses, and extend our funding to include Wales and Scotland.

Our funds

Youth Music Trailblazer Fund

Grants of between £2,000 and £30,000 for organisations that want to support children and young people facing barriers to make, learn and earn in music, through innovative projects that test, trial, or break the status quo. 

Applications for Round 3 are open on Friday 25th November 2022. Learn more and apply.

Youth Music Catalyser Fund

Grants of between £30,001 and £300,000 for established organisations that want to support children and young people facing barriers to make, learn and earn in music through sustaining or scaling up their work or changing sector practice. 

Applications for Round 2 will be open in November 2022. Learn more.

Music Education Hub (MEH) Development Fund

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to partnerships of at least three Music Education Hub lead organisations. Currently closed for applications. 

Youth Music Incubator Fund

Grants of £5,000 to £30,000 are available to businesses, collectives, and not-for-profits working in the music industries. The fund is designed to create sustainable, meaningful career opportunities for young people aged 18-25, particularly those who are underrepresented; and to support creative employers to innovate and incubate new and diverse talent. 

Applications for Round 5 will open towards the end of 2022. Learn more

Youth Music NextGen Fund 

The Youth Music NextGen Fund offers young creatives grants of up to £2,500 to make their ideas happen. We’ve launched the NextGen Fund to help emerging musicians and behind the scenes creatives take a step forward in participating and changing the music industries. Round 2 will be announced soon.

Applications for Round 4 will be open towards the end of the year. Learn more about the NextGen Fund. 

Access Fund - Support with making your application

If you identify as Disabled and need further support to make an application to Youth Music, you can apply to our Access Fund. This provides funding to cover any additional access costs that might be required for you to make an application to one of Youth Music’s main grant funds. 

Sign up to our newsletter for the latest information on our funds and application deadlines, or visit the Youth Music Network.

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From Drake Music Scotland. Photo by Sandy Butler.

Partner funding

Talent Development Partners fund

Youth Music is a co-funder in 2020-21 of PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partner network. This brings together 49 organisations supporting thousands of exciting, diverse music creators across all genres and regions of the UK. Youth Music co-funds 12 of these organisations to expand their offers specifically focusing on young music creators aged 18 to 25 and breaking down barriers to access and progression.

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Closed funds

Youth Music Recharge Fund

The Youth Music Recharge Fund offers grants of up to £90k (max £30k per year) to boost organisations in their post-Covid recovery. Learn more about the Recharge Fund. Learn more about the Recharge Fund.

Emergency Fund 

The Emergency Fund offered grants available of up to £10,000 for music-making organisations who were in immediate need due to the Coronavirus pandemic. You can find out more about our findings as a result of running this fund in this article written by Research and Evaluation Officer Remi Fairweather Stride

Fund C

Fund C awarded larger grants of up to £160,000 per year for projects with a dual role of delivery and strategic work; expanding and embedding high quality, inclusive music-making. The programme will run to March 2021, we won't be launching another Fund C programme after this date - read more in our latest grant changes blog.