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.
The application deadline for the second round of funding is 5 February 2021.
If you are considering making an application in Round Two we recommend you read our blog post on how to create a strong Incubator Fund proposal.
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.
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.
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.
Whilst we were thrilled with the positive reaction to our first round of the Incubator Fund, but the high number of applications we received made the decision-making a difficult job! Find out more about the common themes that emerged.
Learn more about the first round of organisations receiving grants from our Incubator Fund, 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.
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.
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.