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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.

Is your charity or trust working to support young musicians?

We are always very happy to talk to charities who have similar objectives to AYM - to support talented young musicians in financial need - to explore the potential of working together more closely and so increasing our impact. For example The Joan Scrutton Trust joined forces with AYM. Read more about how we combined our two charities here.

If this would be of interest to your charity please contact Hester Cockcroft, AYM’s Chief Executive: [email protected].

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:

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
Andrew Lyon Memorial Trust
Arts Council England
Baron Davenport’s Charity
Cecil King Memorial Foundation
Colwinston Charitable Trust
Community Foundation

D And H Charitable Trust
Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust
Garfield Weston Foundation
Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
John Thaw Foundation
Martin Charitable Trust

Mayfield Valley Arts Trust
Middle Way Trust
Misses Barrie Charitable Trust

Patricia Routledge Charitable Trust
Q Charitable Trust
Scops Arts Trust
Sir George Martin Charitable Trust
Sir Maxwell Harper Gow Charitable Trust
Warner Priory Charitable Trust
The 29th May 1961 Charity
The Adrian Swire Charitable Trust
The Alan Brentnall Charitable Trust
The Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Charitable Foundation

The Andor Charitable Trust
The Ashford Trust
The Backstage Trust
The Charlotte Bonham Carter Charitable Trust
The Cheryl King Trust

The Childhood Trust
The Coln Trust
The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The Edward And Dorothy Cadbury Trust
The Finderman Charitable Trust
The Golsoncott Foundation
The Hadrian Trust
The Headley Trust

The Hugh Fraser Foundation
The John Lewis Partnership
The Karlsson Játiva Charitable Foundation
The Ken and Edna Morrison Charitable Trust
The Kirby Laing Foundation
The Maple Trust
The Margaret and David Walker Trust
The Percy Hedley 1990 Charitable Trust

The Philip and Psiche Hughes Trust
The Reed Foundation
The R.E. Chadwick Charitable Trust
The Sir James Knott Trust

The Sir Tom Cowie Charitable Trust
The Slater Foundation Limited
The Swire Charitable Trust
The Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust

The Thistle Trust
The TL Trust
The Tulip Charitable Trust
The Veronica Awdry Charitable Trust
Youth Music
and three funders who wish to remain anonymous.

Get in touch

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

Sanpreet Janjua

E: [email protected]
T: 0300 302 3422


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