Supporting your students, supporting you
For over 20 years, we’ve supported talented young people from low-income families, helping them to overcome financial and social barriers. Whatever the genre, whatever the style, our strategically-targeted programmes help young musicians from across the UK to grow, flourish and fulfill their musical potential.
Alongside our programmes of direct support for young musicians, outlined below, we use our independent role in the music education sector to become a thought leader in talent development. We've developed training programmes and free resources for music teachers and music leaders. You can explore these here and in our News and Resources section.
Support for your students
Our Awards programme offers up to £100,000 in means-tested grants each year, helping young musicians grow and develop their musical potential. This programme is aimed at young musicians demonstrating exceptional talent and potential. We accept applications once a year, from Novemeber to March with Awards announced in May. Having taken formal formal exams is not a pre-requisite and thus there is no minimum grade level; however we suggest that you only recommend students apply for this fund if they have made significant progress on their musical journey already and are demonstrating exceptional potential. This programme is not aimed at beginner level players.
Music leaders and teachers can support a young musician in applying for funding of up to £2,000 by completing a supporting recommendation.
Furthering Talent is designed to help musical young people from low income families from the moment the first sparks of potential appear. Everyone selected for the programme receives weekly instrumental tuition for a minimum of two academic years, as well as wider help for their musical progression in the form of an Individual Learning Plan.
With support from Youth Music we currently run this programme in partnership with the following Music Education Hubs: Bradford, Brighton and Hove, Greater Manchester, Hull North West Midlands, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Sheffield. Manchester City and Wiltshire will be joining the programme soon.
If you would like to find out whether a young musician you know could benefit from this programme, please contact our Programme Manager Neil Phillips, 07711 953866.
Support for you
In our independent role we've brought together some of the most innovative and creative minds around to look at issue facing young musicians from low-income families. Through this work we've developed and deliver training and CPD for teachers and music leaders. Click below for an overview. Visit our Innovation and Research section for full information.
Identifying Talent training explores practical ways of spotting talent when working with a whole class or group and ensuring all your children benefit. The training includes trying out some of the musical activities we've discovered are really effective and giving you some planning ideas too. The training also includes looking at examples from film resources and discussing new approaches to supporting musical progression as well.
We are currently working to expand our offer by training more facilitators to run this training. If you would be interested in knowing more or booking training in your school, music service or Hub, please contact our Programme Manager, Neil.Phillips@a-y-m.org.uk.
With support from Youth Music, we are currently piloting Practical Progression, developed by musical leaders, for music leaders. It aims to build on music leaders’ existing tool kit, whatever setting they are working in. The training will look at different ways to support young people to overcome barriers to their music making. An accompanying film series, also called Practical Progression is already available. More information about the training model will be available soon.
We regularly deliver bespoke workshops and presentations on the topics of identifying musical talent and supporting musical progression at music education conferences and training days. For more information and to request a workshop or presentation at your event please contact our Chief Executive, Hester Cockcroft: Hester.Cockcroft@a-y-m.org.uk, T. 0117 904 9906
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