Awards for Young Musicians

Awards for Young Musicians

Musical talent is everywhere but opportunity isn’t: family finances and other obstacles too often get in the way. Awards for Young Musicians are here to change this. We directly support hundreds of young musicians from low income families each year, with funding and other help. 


The biggest obstacle faced by many talented young musicians is a simple lack of money. They have the talent and drive, but developing their musical potential can be an expensive endeavour.

AYM works to address this by offering individual grants of up to £2,000 per annum to exceptional young musicians whose families are on a lower income. This funding can be used towards musical costs (such as tuition, instrument costs, equipment or travel) and is offered in conjunction with individual support to cater to personal circumstances, such as mentoring, access to workshops, free concert tickets and performance opportunities.

This support is both inclusive and means-tested, so that young people receive the right level of support for their circumstances. AYM’s key criteria are musical talent and financial need, meaning whatever genre the musician plays, they can prove their eligibility without having to have taken formal exams.

AYM encourages applications from young musicians playing any musical genre, from Western classical music and jazz to electronic and pop. 

AYM accept applications from January to April

Contact: Hester Cockcroft

Address: PO Box 2754, Bristol, BS4 9DA

Telephone: 0300 302 0023

Email: [email protected]