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Welcome to the application portal

Awards for Young Musicians believe that all talented young people deserve the chance to progress in their music making. That’s why we’re awarding up to £100,000 in grants to exceptional young instrumentalists in need of support.

Each year we invite applications from young instrumentalists (aged 5-17) playing any musical genre to join our Awards programme. Award winners receive flexible funding towards musical costs (e.g. tuition, instrument costs, travel etc.) and individual support. This may comprise mentoring, workshops with professional musicians, the chance to observe professional orchestras and other ensembles in rehearsal, free tickets to concerts and performance opportunities. 

Our Awards programme is means tested and our key criteria are musical talent and financial need. Whatever genre the young musician studies, they can evidence their ability in a number of ways; it is not essential to have taken formal exams.  

Our 2019 application deadline was 8 March 2019.  

We will next be accepting applications from November 2019 - March 2020. Unfortunately we cannot accept applications outside of this.


How do I find out if a young person may be eligibile?

Please read the following information before starting an application:
Eligibility criteria 
What we fund

If you think the young person meets the eligibility criteria and if we are currently accepting applications, please do the following:

1. Register for an account or log back into your existing account if you have previously applied.
2. Complete an eligibility questionnaire. This can be completed on a computer, mobile phone, tablet or any other device.

The eligibility form should be completed by the young musician's parent(s)/carer(s). A supporting school or organisation should only complete an eligibility questionnaire in cases where the parent/carer is not in a position to.  AYM will provide an offline version of the form in circumstances where completing an online form would be a barrier to applying. Please email to request this.

What's involved in applying?
After successfully passing the eligibility stage, you'll be asked to: 
1. Answer a number of application questions about the young person's music making
2. Send us a a short audition video
3. Request recommendations from the young person's instrumental teacher(s), school and an optional additional musical recommendation

Got a specific question that's not covered on this website?

If you have a specific question about applying for an Award then please complete the query form below.