Awards for Young Musicians

Giving talent a chance

Make a donation

AYM is here thanks to the generosity of our funders, donors, supporters and volunteers. Your contributions have allowed us to help 3,000 young people so far; we’re far from finished. We know from our work that the UK is bursting with musical talent and yet we’ve only been able to support a small fraction of this incredible potential. Simply put, we’re not able to reach enough of those young people and to help make a real difference in their lives. This fact alone makes us even more determined to pursue our cause: that no young person with serious musical potential and a strong commitment to learn and grow should ever go unsupported.

If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider completing a Gift Aid Declaration. Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, AYM can claim back the tax you’ve paid. This increases our income and enables us to expand our work.

Regular giving

Direct debit

  • £5 per month could help a young musician pay for their travel to and from an instrumental lesson
  • £12 per month could fund the hire of an instrument for a young musician beginning their musical journey
  • £20 per month  could fund a one-to-one instrumental lesson for a young musician each month
  • £40 per month could fund an average Award and a year of support for a young musician on our annual Awards programme

Standing order: If you would like to give regularly by standing order please complete a standing order mandate.


And now, through our Presto! campaign, your donation will be doubled for one year if you sign up to be an AYM Champion.  Garfield Weston Foundation will match monthly donations established between March 2019 and March 2020 for a period of 12 months, up to a total value of £20,000.

One off donation

Online: you can make a one-off online donation by credit or debit card via Go Cardless or by  visiting our page on Virgin Money Giving

By cheque: Download a paper gift aid form and post it to us together with your cheque made payable to ‘Awards for Young Musicians’. Our postal address is: Awards for Young Musicians, PO Box 2754, Bristol BS4 9DA UK

Remember us in your will

Awards for Young Musicians was established through the legacy of Robert Lewin who wanted to give his support to young musicians in the future.  Read more of Robert’s story.  Giving to charity in a will is tax-free, so we get the maximum benefit and it can save inheritance tax. It simply involves adding a codicil to your will, giving the name and number of the charity and perhaps index-linking your gift up to a specified amount.  Find out more

Funeral tributes

Many people ask friends and relatives to make a gift to AYM instead of sending flowers to their funeral. This is a very fitting tribute to someone for whom music has been a big part of their life.  Please get in touch with us if you’d like any more information about how to make this happen.

Give as you shop

When you shop at, Amazon will donate to Awards for Young Musicians.  Support us every time you shop with no cost to yourself. Follow the link below to register.