Annual Awards

Our Awards programme offers up to £100,000 in means-tested grants each year, helping young musicians grow and develop their musical potential.

Furthhering Talent

In detail

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

At AYM, we’re here to change that. We offer up to £100,000 in grants each year to exceptional young musicians whose families are on a lower income. We provide flexible funding towards musical costs (like tuition, instrument costs or travel) plus individual support to cater to personal circumstances. This could be anything from mentoring and workshops with professional musicians, the chance to observe them perform, free tickets to concerts and performance opportunities.

Our Awards programme is both inclusive and means-tested, allowing young people to get the right level of support based on their own circumstances. Our 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.

The Awards

Our main Awards are called Robert Lewin Scholarships. These Awards are named after the man upon whose legacy AYM was founded back in 1998.  We also offer a number of special named Awards each year which are funded by private individuals or in partnership with other trusts and organisations.

News from our Awards programme

2020 Awards programme

We’ve welcomed 189 young musicians to our 2020 Awards programme. This is the highest number in our 22 year history, […]

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“Music is making me feel better” – Raymi shares his experience of lockdown

Meet Raymi (10) from London. He’s a multi-instrumentalist and a 2019 AYM Award winner (we’ve been supporting his piano lessons). […]

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Alpesh Chauhan talks all things conducting

Alpesh Chauhan joined our team of AYM Patrons in 2019. During lockdown he’s been chatting with AYM Award winners via Zoom […]

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Zoom masterclasses with AYM Patron Thomas Gould

For quite a few of our older Award winners (16-18) the Covid-19 lockdown came just as they were preparing for […]

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2020 Awards programme: record number of applications received

We welcomed applications to our 2020 Awards programme from January to the end of April and in a few weeks […]

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Three AYM Award winners progress to BBC Young Musician Category Finals

We’re really proud to support three talented young musicians who have progressed to the category finals of the BBC Young […]

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