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 who's 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

145 young musicians join our 2019 Awards programme

Following an intensive adjudication period we are delighted to announce that 145 young musicians have been invited to join our […]

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Inspiring the next generation: an evening with Jess Gillam

Ten AYM Award winners recently came together with AYM Alumna and Patron, Jess Gilliam, for an evening of music making […]

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A night at Trinity College, Oxford

In March 2019, Dame Hilary Boulding hosted AYM at the President’s House, Trinity College Oxford, for an intimate fundraising concert. […]

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A week with Jess Gillam

Today (Friday 26 April 2019), AYM Alumna and Patron Jess Gillam visits her friends and family in Ulverston, Cumbria, kicking […]

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An evening to remember at Wilton’s Music Hall

On Sunday 29 October 2018 we celebrated our 20th anniversary in style at Wilton’s Music Hall in East London. AYM […]

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Award winners tackle Mozart’s Flute Quartet in C

Funded by theElias Fawcett Trust, four Award winners took part in an intensive four week chamber project led by musicians […]

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