Schools, as well as other not-for-profit organisations, can apply for grants to fund developmental music-making projects for disadvantaged young people as well as for projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider music making sector. The funding is being made available through Youth Music, England’s largest children’s music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects.
Youth Making’s funding programme is made up of several separate funds. These are:
- Fund A which offers small grants (£2,000 to £30,000) for high quality music-making projects that will help to achieve a musically inclusive England.;
- Fund B offers medium-sized grants (30,001 – £150,000 per year for up to two years) to support music-making and music-making related activities for children and young people (aged 0-25) facing barriers; and workforce and organisational development projects to promote a relevant, diverse, and inclusive music offer for all children and young people.
- 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. This is currently closed and is expected to open for applications later in 2021.
- Music Education Hub Development Fund which offers grants of up to £50,000 and are available to partnerships of at least three Music Education Hub lead organisations. This is currently closed to applications
- Incubator Fund which offers grants of £5,000 to £30,000 and 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. The Fund is currently closed.
In applying for funding schools will have to justify how the activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding.
The next closing date for applications to Fund A is the 30th July 2021.
The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest to Fund B is the 7th May 2021. For applications successful at this stage the deadline for submitting full A application will be the 9th July.
Disabled applicants that need further support to make an application to Youth Music can apply to the Access Fund. This provides funding to cover any additional access costs that might be required to make an application to one of Youth Music’s main grant funds. There are no deadlines for this fund as they would coincide with any open funding rounds.