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Catherine Deval | 17:35 UK time, Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Searching for relevant funding can be an on-going challenge (trust us we know it’s a mystifying funding world out there). But as a little pointer, here is a blog from Youth Music who may be offering just what you’re looking for.


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Youth Music distributes over £9 million annually through the Youth Music Programme. The Programme provides funding for organisations to enable them to transform the musical experiences of young people.

The programme is underpinned by the Youth Music Network which is an online community for people who work in and around music education projects in the UK.  Free to join, the Youth Music Network is a space for professionals to access and share a huge range of music education.

What funding is offered?

Our grant making is structured around modules rather than individual programmes.  Each module is linked to a set of intended outcomes that address an identified issue or need.  Learning and participation modules encourage the growth and development of high quality music activities that impact directly on children and young people’s lives (aged 0-18, or up to 25 in special circumstances). These are direct delivery projects that achieve outcomes around young people’s musical, personal, social and emotional skills.

Strengthening the sector modules aim to encourage a stronger youth music sector by embedding capacity and expertise to support our goals (and those of a wider National Plan for Music Education) through activity that builds partnerships and collaborations, practice sharing and workforce development.

Applicants can apply for up to five modules in each funding round.  The current Youth Music Programme modules are as follows:

1. Creating Environments for Musical Progression
2. Early Years Children at Elevated Risk
3. Elevated Risk
4. Music-based Mentoring
5. Open Module (applicants must meet one of our programme focus areas of Challenging Circumstances, Early Years and/or Encouraging Talent and Potential)
6. Young Music Leadership
7. Excellence through group singing
8. Networking: Building and maintaining networks *Limited availability – please contact for more information
9. Spotlighting: Enabling the sharing of effective practice

How do you go about applying?

Full details of how to apply can be found on the funding section the Youth Music Network website

Is there a deadline?

There are two application deadlines per year – the next one is on Wednesday 27th March 2013.

Is there a minimum or maximum to the amount of funding organisations can apply for?

In any one funding round you can apply for up to a maximum of £250,000 and you can hold no more than £350,000 worth of active Youth Music grants.

What are the eligibility criteria that organisations have to meet in order to apply?

In order to apply, we require you and your organisation to:

 - Be based in the United Kingdom.

- Represent either a registered charity; a not-for-profit organisation; or a profit-sharing organisation who is applying for a self-contained music project that will not make profits for the organisation, and demonstrates a clear benefit to the public.

- Be from an organisation that has been legally constituted for at least one year.

- Supply the following documents to support your application:
a. Most recent set of accounts, dated no more than 18 months old.
b. An equal opportunities policy and a child protection policy.
c. Your employers’ and public liability insurance.

- Propose work that will engage and benefit participants based in England.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Ayo Ogunwumiju - Grants and Learning Team at the National Foundation for Youth Music



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