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 currently unrepresented in the sector and to support creative employers to innovate and incubate new and diverse talent. The fund is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Applications for round 4 are now closed. Round 5 will open towards the end of 2022.
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.
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne based artist management company and record label Kaleidoscope told us how they used Youth Music's Incubator Fund to invest in two interns to run a record label, and how bringing in new diverse talent benefitted the business.
Carli, a freelance assessor on Youth Music's Incubator Fund, shares her personal experiences breaking into the music industry, and her tips for making a music project appealing to young people.
Reform Radio, Palm Bay Music and Young Guns Network have all previously been awarded a grant from the Incubator Fund. Find out how they used the funding to open up access to the music industries for all young people.
Find out more about how we made decisions on Round 3 of the Incubator Fund.
By accepting an Incubator Fund grant, you have committed to acknowledging our support. Find information and top tips on how to meet your grant requirements here.
Previously funded projects
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.
Learn more about the second 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 in the music industries.
We're backing 27 more organisations through the Youth Music #IncubatorFund - opening up sustainable careers in music for people aged 18-25. Explore the creative employers incubating new and diverse talent with grants of up to £30k.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 provided digital innovation and investment to successful applicants. We are also grateful for our vital support from the National Lottery via Arts Council England.