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

AYM and Southwell Music Festival

One of the key aspects of our Awards programme is connecting our Award winners with partner orchestras and other musical […]

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An inspirational day with the Hallé Orchestra

In November 2017 we were delighted to hold our Awards Day in Manchester in partnership with the Royal Northern College […]

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AYM and Elias Fawcett Trust: intensive chamber music courses

Over the past few years, with generous funding from the Elias Fawcett Trust, AYM have run a number of specialist […]

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2017 Chamber Music Project

Funded by the Elias Fawcett Trust, our 2017 chamber music project saw us partner with the City of London Sinfonia.  10 […]

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