Youth Music - Funding for Music Making Projects


Youth Music - Additional Funding for Music-Making Projects for Children and Young People 

Through our funding programmes we invest in music programmes for children and young people, and work that helps organisations to diversify and be more inclusive. Programmes funded by Youth Music work with children and young people of all ages, from babies and their families through to young adults up to the age of 25, using the power of music to support musical, personal and social development.

We support around 300 projects each year, reaching more than 80,000 children and young people and 4,000 people in the workforce.

Youth Music is funded thanks to the National Lottery via Arts Council England, players of People's Postcode Lottery, and support from donors, partners and fundraisers.

Access Fund

If you identify as Disabled and need further support to make an application to Youth Music, you can apply to our Access Fund. This provides funding to cover any additional access costs that might be required for you to make an application to one of Youth Music’s main grant funds.

You should apply for this fund before you start making your application.

Fund A

Grants of between £2,000 and £30,000 for high-quality projects that will help to achieve a musically inclusive England.
Projects should last for 6-24 months and it's a one-stage online application process with deadlines three times a year.  

Click here for more information on Fund A.

Fund B

Grants of £30,001 to £150,000 (or up to £200,000 in rare circumstances and with permission from the Youth Music team) are available and the fund is designed to support:


Projects should last between 18 and 48 months and it is a two-stage process online process with three deadlines a year.

Click here for more information on Fund B.

Fund C

Fund C awards larger grants of up to £160,000 per year for projects with a dual role of delivery and strategic work; expanding and embedding high quality, inclusive music-making.

Currently closed to applications, information about the next funding round will be released in 2021.

Click here for more information on Fund C. 

Music Education Hub (MEH) Development Fund

Awards small grants to Music Education Hubs to develop their inclusive music practice.
Currently closed to applications and information about the next funding round will be released in September 2020.  

Click here for more information on the Music Education Hub Development Fund. 

Incubator Fund

Grants of £5,000 to £30,000 are available to businesses, collectives, and not-for-profits working in the music industries. The fund is designed to help open up access to sustainable careers in music for people aged 18-25, particularly those who are underrepresented; and to support creative employers to innovate and incubate new and diverse talent.

More information including deadlines and application forms and guidance can be found on the Youth Music site

Emergency Fund

The Emergengy Fund offered grants available of up to £10,000)for music-making organisations who were in immediate need due to the Coronavirus pandemic. You can find out more about our findings as a result of running this fund in this article written by Research and Evaluation Officer Remi Fairweather Stride. 

The grants programme is currently open for application with the following deadlines:

Fund A

Update August 2020: At present, we envisage that Fund A Round 20 will also go ahead as planned: however, this may be subject to change as the coronavirus situation continues to evolve.

Round 19
Application deadline: Friday 31 July 2020
Notification of decision: Friday 30 October 2020

Round 20
Application deadline: Friday 04 December 2020
Notification of decision: Friday 12 March 2021

Fund B

Fund B is a 2-stage process, an Expression of Interest form followed by a full application. 

Round 12
Expression of Interest deadline:  Friday 02 October 2020
Notification of decision: Friday 06 November 2020
Full application deadline: Round 12 Friday 04 December 2020
Notification of decision: Friday 12 February 2020

Round 13
Expression of Interest deadline: December 2020 (TBC)
Full application deadline: March 2020 (TBC)

Music Education Hub (MEH) Development Fund

This round will open for applications in Autumn 2020. Deadlines, applicant guidance and eligibility criteria will be published later in the year.

Incubator Fund 

The deadline for Round 1 applications was 5pm on Friday 14 August 2020. You will be notified of the decision by the end of October 2020.

There will be a second phase of funding in February 2021.

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