About Youth Music's grants programme

Youth Music’s grants programme provides funding for music-making projects in England. It is made up of three separate funds:

     Fund A offers small grants for high quality music-making projects and involves a simple application process.

     Fund B offers medium-sized grants for larger programmes of work.

     Fund C offers grants for strategic programmes to help embed sustainable, inclusive music-making across a local area.

To decide which fund is most suitable for your project or programme, please take a look at the table on the choose your fund page, then follow the links to the relevant guidance.

Towards a musically inclusive England

Youth Music’s vision is that life-changing music-making is available to all children and young people.

Youth Music defines ‘musical inclusion’ as an approach to music learning that includes everyone and all types of music. This means that we want to see a true diversity of styles, genres, and approaches to learning available to children and young people from all backgrounds. We believe in supporting young musicians beyond first access, progressing on their individual journeys within environments that are equipped to meet their needs. Being musically inclusive means challenging our ideas of what music is for, who music is for, and what role it can have in all our lives.  

We believe that true musical inclusion can only happen if there are opportunities for all children and young people to be supported as musicians across all genres and styles, by practitioners who understand their needs and worldviews and who are equipped to help them on their individual learning journeys.  

We believe in the potential of all young musicians, and that many more would excel at music-making if they had the right support and opportunities.

How Youth Music works

Youth Music is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Since 1999 we have used our expertise to invest in music-making projects that support children and young people in challenging circumstances across the country.  

We distribute funds received from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and we also fundraise to enable us to increase the number of projects we can help.

Taking an outcomes approach

We would like you to apply for funding with a very clear idea of what changes you are trying to bring about (i.e. your intended outcomes). We know that things don’t always go to plan, and there will be lots of outcomes that you might not even be able to
imagine right now. However, we know that the most successful projects do well when they have made a commitment to project planning and have a shared understanding of what they are trying to achieve, and how.

Youth Music-funded projects work across five outcome areas. These relate to children and young people themselves (musical, personal or social outcomes), and to those supporting them (workforce and organisational outcomes).   

Fund A applicants are required to work towards three intended outcomes from any of the outcome areas displayed below.

Fund B applicants are expected to work towards five intended outcomes from any of the outcome areas.

Fund C applicants must work towards five to ten intended outcomes from all five outcome areas.

Youth Music has produced a detailed guide on how to embed an outcomes approach in your music-making project. You should read this prior to making an application as it has been created specifically to help you plan your project and write your application. Once you choose the fund you want to apply for you will find this guide available to download along with the application guidance and our Quality Framework.

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