We fund organisations that:

  • are based in the UK
  • are delivering projects in England for participants resident in England
  • are Registered Charities or not-for-profit organisations such as Companies Limited by Guarantee or constituted community groups.  Profit-sharing organisations based in the UK are also eligible to apply, so long as the work they propose to undertake will not make any profit for the organisation
  • have been legally constituted and providing activity for a minimum of one year (if you are not registered with the Charity Commission or Companies House then you must supply evidence of this through your signed constitution)
  • can supply their most recent set of accounts, which are no more than 18 months old
  • have an Equal Opportunities Policy and a Child Protection Policy in place
  • have Employers’ and Public Liability Insurance in place, and comply with all statutory laws and regulations relating to the work they propose to carry out.


While schools are eligible to apply to us, we do not fund music curriculum activities that could be supported through Department for Education funding. We will consider applications from schools for projects that have a significant element of innovative partnership working, benefits to the wider community and include activities that take place out of school time.

Music Education Hub lead organisations
We do not fund activities that fall within the ‘core roles’ of Music Education Hubs. We will consider applications from Music Education Hub lead organisations for activities that have significant elements of innovative partnership working, demonstrate musically inclusive practice and a significant legacy within and beyond the Hub.


We don’t fund

  • individuals and Sole Traders
  • activities that do not benefit people in England or do not take place mainly in England
  • activities that promote party political or religious beliefs
  • activities that have already taken place before you have received any confirmation of grant award
  • costs incurred in making your application
  • significant capital costs that include the purchase of land, buildings, vehicles or property; or refurbishment or landscaping costs
  • reserves, loans or interest payments
  • VAT costs that can be recovered
  • art forms that are not related to music (although if you would like to deliver a cross-arts project then you can seek match-funding to cover the non-music elements of your project)
  • activities that other statutory bodies would be expected to fund
  • projects that are unable to demonstrate that they are able to achieve the 10% match funding requirement
  • projects proposing to use Arts Council or National Lottery funding as their minimum match funding requirement


How we make decisions

All applications that we receive are assessed against a set of criteria that is based around the questions we ask in the application form. The assessment criteria vary across each fund but each will consider:

  • how well you have demonstrated the need for your project
  • your understanding of the proposed beneficiaries (including consulting them on plans as appropriate)
  • how your project meets our aim to achieve a musically inclusive England
  • the extent to which your activities will achieve your intended outcomes
  • your organisation’s track record.

Youth Music’s portfolio-balancing approach is essential to our decision-making process. At each funding panel we consider our current regional investment as well as the wider needs of each region. This helps us determine the funding level required to achieve a
balanced portfolio of investment and activity across the country.

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