Getting the help you need

Are you aged between 5 and 17 and looking for funding for your music making?  AYM may be able to help! Have a read about our Awards programme. If we're not the right fit for you, you may still find some of the resources and information about other opportunities at the bottom of this page useful or interesting.

Annual Awards

Our Awards

Each year we invite talented young musicians aged 5-17, to apply for up to £2,000 to help with musical costs. This may include buying an instrument, paying for lessons or travel, buying equipment etc.

This is a means-tested scheme so whether you are able to eligible for funding will depend on the income of your parents/carers. More information about this can be found here.

All genres are welcomed and you do not need to have taken formal exams to apply.  This programme is for young people who have already made some significant progress in their music making though, so we're afraid we can't support the costs of starting out on an instrument.

As well as funding, we help young musicians on the programme access a range of music making opportunities, which may include workshops, performances or mentoring.


Other help and opportunities

As a small charity our funding is limited and we cannot directly support all the talented young musicians who ask for our help. We hope that the following information about other opportunities may be helpful to you, whether we can can help you directly, or not.

An Evening at Lauderdale House

On Tuesday 22 March 2022 three of our Award winners performed to an audience of…

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“Music is something that I will be doing for the rest of my life.” 

16 year old Phoebe is a singer and songwriter from Suffolk. Brought up in a…

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“I’m getting so good at playing now and I never want to stop.”

8 year old Millie was one of the first pupils who joined our Furthering Talent…

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“Music means more to me than I can say.”

16 year old Noah from Surrey began playing the French horn when he was 7…

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“Music is a common language.”

15 year old Sophia has been through many changes on her musical journey over the…

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Other funding opportunities for young musicians

Are you overwhelmed and not sure where to begin in order to find funding for…

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“My favourite musical is The Lion King. When I grow up I would love to play the violin in the orchestra pit for this show.”

For the Big Give Christmas Challenge week, we’ve been sharing stories of what music means to seven…

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“Music has become so prominent in my life that without it I wouldn’t know what to do.”

This week (Tuesday 30 November – Tuesday 7 December) we’re taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. …

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Apply now for an AYM Award

Do you love making music? Does money and other things hold you back? An AYM…

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Alpesh Chauhan talks all things conducting

Alpesh Chauhan joined our team of AYM Patrons in 2019. During lockdown he’s been chatting with…

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Online resources for young musicians and parents/carers

Here are just some of the innovative online musical activities and resources being made available…

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Youth Music Opportunities Board

Looking for information about jobs, training, funding, events, resources, networking, performance opportunities and more? Youth…

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Take it away: interest free loans for musical instruments

With interest-free loans for musical instruments, equipment, software and tuition, Take it Away support musicians…

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Search for music services and music education providers near you

If you are looking for information about what music education opportunities are available in your…

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Find an ensemble or music group

Search from thousands of leisure-time music groups across the UK: from choral societies to samba…

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How you could save money buying your instrument

The Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme (AIPS) enables pupils of local authority and academy schools to…

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Creative Choices: careers advice

If you’re considering pursuing a career in the music industry we highly recommend you check…

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CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust: free tickets to concerts

The CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust run a subsidy programme – known as the Ticket Scheme…

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Cherubim Trust: instrument loan scheme

Cherubim loans professional-calibre instruments to first-study musicians aged 15-25 who cannot afford one that matches…

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Benslow Musical Instrument loan scheme

Benslow Music Instrument Loan Scheme is a UK charity that lends high quality instruments to…

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