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About Youth Music

Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people (aged 0-25) experiencing challenging circumstances.

Our vision is that one day, all children and young people can make music. In order to achieve this, we’re working collaboratively to transform music education in England. Our funding is focused on supporting projects for children and young people who face barriers to music-making as a result of who they are, where they live, or the circumstances they’re facing.

About Youth Music’s grants programme

We support around 350 projects across England each year, reaching more than 75,000 children and young people.

Youth Music takes an outcomes approach. Projects we invest in support the musical, personal and social development of children and young people, and we also support positive outcomes for organisations and their workforce. Every Youth Music project measures its impact, helping us build a unique national overview.

If you work for an organisation and you have an idea for a music-making project, you’ll find all the information you need about applying for a Youth Music grant below.

Projects should be centred on either or both of the following:

  • Music-making for children and young people in challenging circumstances
  • Strategic work supporting the development of the workforce, organisations, and/or the wider sector

Youth Music is supported by the National Lottery, awarding funds via Arts Council England. Right now, we can only support around a third of projects applying to us for funding – we fundraise so that we can help even more children and young people nationwide.

When are Youth Music's next funding application deadlines? 

Our latest funding application deadlines can be found here.

Follow these steps to apply for a Youth Music grant

Download Youth Music’s guidance for applying to Funds A and B, practice application forms and other key resources you’ll need to apply.

2. Preparation

Applications are assessed against set criteria and a portfolio-balancing process. Our assessment panel makes the final decisions.

4. Assessment

The lead applicant will be sent a notification email. This includes feedback on your application and the next steps if you’re offered funding.

5. Notification

Funding application deadlines

Download the Guidance to Applying for Funds A and B