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Awards for Young Musicians Accepting Applications for 2018 Funding

The Awards for Young Musicians scheme distributes financial support to the UK’s most talented young musicians in the greatest financial need.

The Awards for Young Musicians programme is aimed at families that are struggling to pay for the next key step in their child’s musical progression. The grants aim to help with many of the major costs of music education for instrumentalists between the ages of 5 and 17 years on 31 August of the Award year.

In order to apply, the young musician must satisfy one of the following residency conditions:

  • The young person has been resident in the British Islands for the past three years.
  • The young person is a national of a member state of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and is the child of a migrant worker.
  • The young person is a refugee or the child of a refugee who has not been ordinarily resident outside the British Islands since being recognised as a refugee or granted leave to enter or remain in the British Islands.

Awards can help with costs including the following:

  • Instrumental tuition costs.
  • Purchasing or hiring of an instrument.
  • Purchasing instrumental accessories such as cases, bows, reeds etc.
  • Fees for long-term music courses such as Saturday school fees.
  • Travel for attending long-term music courses (where the young musician has a long journey).
  • Purchasing sheet music.
  • Exam entry fees.
  • Audition fees and associated travel costs.

The average grant awarded is £500; however applicants can request a maximum of £2,000. All awards are made to institutions, music organisations, music teachers and other suppliers and not directly to students or their families.

The deadline for applications is 9 March 2018.