Awards for Young Musicians

Giving talent a chance

Annual Awards


The application deadline for our 2019 Awards programme passed on Friday 8 March 2019. Teachers and music leaders who have received requests for recommendations can complete these online up until Friday 5 April 2019. If you have questions about your application or recommendation please contact To return to the application portal click here. 


The biggest barrier 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 to workshops with professional musicians, the chance to observe professional orchestras, 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.

We are no longer accepting applications to our 2019 Awards Programme.  We will begin accepting applications for our 2020 Awards in November 2019. 

How do I find out if a young person may be eligible?

Please read the following information on our application site:

Eligibility criteria 
What we fund


Got a specific question?

If you have a specific question about applying for an Award please complete the query form below.

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