Youth Music: Funds A, B & C

Arts & Culture Youth

Youth Music’s Funds A, B and C supports UK registered charities and not-for-profit organisations delivering projects that support young people’s lives in music, in particular projects that include those who would otherwise miss out because of who they are, where they live, or what they’re going through.

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. 

To be eligible, the project:

  • Offers a music-related programme for children or young people facing barriers in England
  • Meets one or more of Youth Music’s priority areas (Early Years, Disabled young people, Young adults, Youth justice system, Young people facing barriers and Organisations and the workforce)
  • Is co-designed by children/young people
  • Embeds the Youth Music Quality Framework
  • Doesn’t include ineligible activities
  • Includes an evaluation plan to reflect on programme’s intended outcomes
  • Includes plans to share learning from the programme with others
  • For a school-based programme and or from a Music Education Hub lead organisation – meets the additional requirements
  • Meets the budget criteria (including: pays staff the Real Living Wage, is predominantly for revenue costs, doesn’t include ineligible costs)
  • Commits to raising at least 10% match funding (at least 5% cash match funding) and minimum match funding is not from Arts Council England or National Lottery funding.

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:

  • Music-making and music-making related activities for children and young people (aged 0-25) facing barriers; and/or
  • Workforce and organisational development to promote a relevant, diverse, and inclusive music offer for all children and young people.

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

To be eligible, the programme,

  • Offers a music-related programme for children or young people facing barriers in England
  • Meets one or more of Youth Music’s priority areas
  • Has partner organisations to add value to the work
  • Includes workforce development activities
  • Is co-designed by children/young people and has a young person on the team (paid or volunteer)
  • Doesn’t include ineligible activities
  • For a school-based programme and or from a Music Education Hub lead organisation – meets the additional requirements
  • Meets the budget criteria 

Fund C

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.

Deadline: Various deadlines throughout the year for each Fund. See funder’s website for upcoming

This fund is not managed by Funding for All. Please click ‘Find out more’ and contact the funder directly for more information.

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