Musical talent is everywhere but opportunity isn't: family finances and other obstacles too often get in the way. We're here to change this

For over 20 years, we’ve supported talented young people from low income families, helping them to overcome financial and social barriers. Whatever the genre, whatever the style, our programmes help young musicians from across the UK to grow, flourish and fulfil their musical potential. We provide both direct, sustained support - beyond funding - for individual young musicians, as well as targeted interventions to improve the broader music education environment.

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Who we are

We support talented young musicians from low-income families throughout the UK, helping them to overcome financial and social barriers in their musical journeys.

How we help

Offering individual support to young people, our programmes sustain young people’s musical progress and help teachers identify and nurture talent wherever they find it.

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How you can help


AYM is a charity. Donations of time, effort and financial contributions from funders, donors and supporters are what keep us going.

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News and Stories

“Music is such an amazing outlet to express how I’m feeling. At times it can make us very vulnerable, but I believe that’s a good thing.”

By Matthew | 6th December 2021

This week (Tuesday 30 November – Tuesday 7 December) AYM are taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge.    We’re sharing seven stories of what music means to seven young musicians we’ve supported. By the end of the week the theme of these stories will have spelled BIG GIVE. Today’s the final day! Our theme is the letter “E” […]

“I continually strive to become a better flute player and musician than I was last week or last month. I know I will be on this journey for the rest of my life.”

By Matthew | 5th December 2021

This week (Tuesday 30 November – Tuesday 7 December) AYM are taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge.  We’re sharing seven stories of what music means to seven young musicians we’ve supported. By the end of the week the theme of these stories will have spelled BIG GIVE. Today, on day six, our theme is the letter […]

“For me, music is life. When I’m ill or sad, music cheers me up and inspires me to keep going.”

By Matthew | 4th December 2021

This week (Tuesday 30 November – Tuesday 7 December) AYM are taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. We’re sharing seven stories of what music means to seven young musicians we’ve supported. By the end of the week the theme of these stories will have spelled BIG GIVE. Today is day five, our theme […]