Presto! campaign

Presto in music means quickly or rapidly, and the young musicians we support are developing really fast, so they need all the help they can get to have a chance of fulfilling their potential.

The Garfield Weston Foundation are supporting our Presto! campaign by matching monthly donations from AYM Champions up to the total value of £20,000.  Become a Champion by setting up a monthly donation before March 2020 (or whilst funds last) and see your money go twice as far.

Watch our campaign video (above) or read on to find out more.

£5 doubled to £10

Over a year...

£5 per month, doubled to £10, could fund 6 one-to-one instrumental lessons for a young musician starting their musical journey on our Furthering Talent programme.

Set up your monthly gift online using Go Cardless

Other ways to give

£12 doubled to £24
£20 doubled to £40
£40 doubled to £80


Discovering a love of music can be a pivotal moment in many people’s lives. You may remember how you felt when you first began to learn to play an instrument. Perhaps you brought home a squeaky violin which you practised daily to make your parents proud. Maybe you picked up a guitar and wrote your own music to express your feelings. Perhaps you took up the trombone in later years to fulfil a lifelong ambition. Or, maybe you didn’t get the opportunity to explore your own musical potential and know how frustrating this feels.

At Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) we know that musical talent is everywhere but opportunity isn’t. Right now, there are so many talented children who aren’t getting the chance to experience a musical life. Whether it’s because of a lack of income or other obstacles, many children with a natural instinct for music are denied the chance to progress because their musical potential is neither spotted nor supported. At AYM, we find these children, nurture their emerging talent and inspire them to reach their musical goals. Take a look at our programmes.

We need to fundraise to continue to develop and expand our work. Will you join us in making a difference, so that more with musical potential have the chance of a musical life? Our Presto! campaign, supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, means your donation will be doubled for one year if you sign up to be an AYM Champion by making a monthly donation.

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Get in touch

Want to talk to us about supporting our work? Please feel free to contact our Development Manager if you have any questions.

Sanpreet Janjua

E: [email protected]
T: 0300 302 3422

Sanpreet Janjua

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