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Incubator Fund

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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 help open up access to sustainable careers in music for people aged 18-25, particularly those who are underrepresented; and to support creative employers to innovate and incubate new and diverse talent. The fund is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and boosted by new support from YouTube which will provide digital innovation and investment to successful applicants.

Applications for Round 2 are now closed. Applications for Round 3 will open in July 2021. 

Read Applicant Guidance Notes (PDF)

Access Fund

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 required for you to make an application to Youth Music's Incubator Fund.

Incubator Fund FAQs

Youth Music's new Incubator Fund offers grants to music businesses who want to support the career development of 18-25s. Find answers to the frequently asked questions here.

Incubator Fund toolkit

As part of your grant requirements, Youth Music must be acknowledged as a funder in all official written and verbal communications associated with the Programme, as outlined on this webpage.

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Resources for music businesses

Action around diversity and widening access has to be matched with real commitment to make workplaces more inclusive. Here are some resources to get you started.

Any questions about the Incubator Fund? Get in touch.

Our funders

Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for making this fund possible and enabling us to expand our work into Scotland and Wales. Thanks to YouTube for supporting the second round of the Incubator Fund, which will provide digital innovation and investment to successful applicants. We are also grateful for our vital support from the National Lottery via Arts Council England.