Trusted relationships

Musical talent is everywhere but opportunity isn’t: family finances and other obstacles too often get in the way.

We’re here to change this in two key ways. We:

  • Support young musicians from low income families: with funding and other help
  • Support music education: through training, advocacy and research.

This combination creates real impact and we’d love to tell you more.

By supporting AYM, you’ll enable us to continue to support talented children and young people from low income families so they can continue with their music making, reach their musical potential and participate in opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have.

You can choose to support particular work such as our Awards programme or our Furthering Talent programme, support young people and children from a specific region or allow us to use you grant where it’s most needed. You’ll also receive updates and invitations to our events so you can see the impact your work is having first hand.

Here's what our funders say:

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

"Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is in place to champion access, participation and education in the arts, culture and heritage.  The Foundation is delighted to have provided funding to Awards for Young Musician’s Furthering Talent programme, providing tuition, mentoring and support to enable children with emerging potential to continue their musical journey and boost their confidence. The Foundation supports AYM in their aim to reach young people from disadvantaged or challenging backgrounds."

John Lewis Partnership, Nigel Brotherton, Music Adviser to the Chairman

When AYM approached us, we immediately saw that their goals matched ours and together we created the John Lewis Partnership Awards for Innovation. Reading the regular reports AYM send us on the progress made by our award holders we can see how much their music making is being supported, and in some cases transformed, by the help we give.  Through helping them to achieve their musical ambitions we are enriching their lives, as well as contributing to the variety and vibrancy of music-making in this country."

The Ashford Trust, Jenny James

"The Ashford Trust is fortunate to be able to make regular donations to various causes that would have been close to my grandparents' and uncle's hearts. I am particularly pleased that we discovered AYM as it was my idea to offer a music scholarship or something similar in the first place. The reasoning behind it is rather poignant because, although I had a very close relationship with my grandparents, I never heard my grandfather play the flute! Learning more about a side to my grandfather that I never knew prompted me to initiate a music themed donation soon after the trust was set up. It is very rewarding to know we are able to assist talented young flautists through the Ashford Award." 


AYM is extremely grateful to the many funders who have given generously to us over the years. We would particularly like to thank the following for their recent invaluable support:

Arts Council England

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Andrew Lyon Memorial Trust

Baron Davenport's Charity

Cecil King Memorial Foundation

Community Foundation for Surrey


Doris Field Charitable Trust

Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust

Four Acre Trust

Garfield Weston Foundation

Golsoncott Foundation

Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charity

Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation

John Paul Getty Junior Charitable Trust

Kathleen Beryl Sleigh Charitable Trust

Mervyn Herbert Trust

Misses Barrie Charitable Trust

Patricia Routledge Charitable Trust

Peter Sowerby Foundation

R. E. Chadwick Charitable Trust

Roger and Ingrid Pilkington Trust

Saintbury Trust

Sutasoma Trust

The Alan Brentnall Trust

The Andor Charitable Trust

The Ashford Trust

The Barbour Foundation

The Britford Bridge Trust

The Castansa Trust

The Cheryl King (Hirst) Trust

The Chetwode Foundation

The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The Edward And Dorothy Cadbury Trust

The Emerald Foundation

The Fagus Anstruther Memorial Trust

The Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust

The Ida Carroll Trust

The John Lewis Partnership

The John Runge Charity

The Kirby Laing Foundation

The Kitty and Daniel Nabarro Charitable Trust

The Kobler Trust

The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund

The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation

The Margaret and David Walker Trust

The Percy Hedley 1990 Charitable Trust

The Scarfe Charitable Trust

The Slater Foundation Limited

The TL Trust

The Tulip Charitable Trust

The Veronica Awdry Charitable Trust

The W E Dunn Trust

Warner Priory Charitable Trust

Youth Music

Get in touch

Our Development Manager, Sanpreet Janjua, would be delighted to speak with you.

Sanpreet Janjua

E: [email protected]
T: 07821 44958.

Sanpreet Janjua

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