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Welcome to the application portal

The biggest barrier for many talented young musicians is a simple lack of money. They have the talent, they have the drive, but developing their musical potential can be an expensive endeavour.

At AYM, we’re here to change that. We offer up to £100,000 in grants each year to exceptional young musicians whose families are on a lower income. We provide flexible funding towards musical costs (like tuition, instrument costs or travel) plus additional individual support to cater to personal circumstances. This could be anything from mentoring to workshops with professional musicians, the chance to observe professional orchestras, free tickets to concerts and performance opportunities.

Our Awards programme is both inclusive and means-tested, allowing young people to get the right level of support based on their own circumstances. Our key criteria are musical talent and financial need, meaning whatever genre the musician plays, they can prove their eligibility without having to have taken formal exams.

We are no long accepting applications to our 2018 Awards programme

We will re-open for applications in November 2018.  The closing date for the next round will be Friday 8 March 2019 with Awards granted in May 2019.

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

What is 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?

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