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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:

Arts Council England

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Baron Davenport's Charity

Cecil King Memorial Foundation

Chapman Charitable Trust

Community Foundation for Surrey

Community Foundation - Tyne & Wear

and Northumberland

D And H Charitable Trust

Doris Field Charitable Trust

Edith Murphy Foundation

Four Acre Trust

Garfield Weston Foundation

Golden Bottle Trust

Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charity

Hadrian Trust

Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation

Misses Barrie Charitable Trust

P and C Hickinbotham Charitable Trust

Patricia Routledge Charitable Trust

Peter Sowerby Foundation

R. E. Chadwick Charitable Trust

Saintbury Trust

Scops Arts Trust

Sutasoma Trust

The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust

The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable


The Andor Charitable Trust

The Ashford Trust

The Backstage Trust

The Barbour Foundation

The Binks Trust

The Chalk Cliff Trust

The Cheryl King Trust

The Chetwode Foundation

The Childhood Trust

The Coln Trust

The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The Emmanuel Kaye Foundation

The Fagus Anstruther Memorial Trust

The Jessie Spencer Trust

The John Runge Charity

The John Thaw Foundation

The Karlsson Játiva Charitable Foundation

The Kirby Laing Foundation

The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund

The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation

The Martin Charitable Trust

The Margaret and David Walker Trust

The Melissa Wides Foundation

The Oakdale Trust

The Rainford Trust

The Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Trust

The Scarfe Charitable Trust

Sir George Martin Trust

The Sir James Knott Trust

The Sir James Reckitt Charity

The Slater Foundation Limited

The Thistle Trust

The TL Trust

The Veronica Awdry Charitable Trust

The W. E. D. Charitable Trust

The Worshipful Company of Grocers

Warner Priory Charitable Trust

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Get in touch

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

Sanpreet Janjua

E: [email protected]
T: 07821 44958.


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