Awards for Young Musicians

Awards for Young Musicians: Awards programme

Musical talent is everywhere but opportunity isn’t: family finances and other obstacles too often get in the way. We change this in two key ways. We support young musicians from low income families, with funding and other help and the music education sector, through training, advocacy and research.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1070994)

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Championed by Four Acre Trust

  • AYM gave me opportunities to perform to fantastic audiences, work with some of the best musicians in the industry and build a network of musical friends around the country. AYM’s practical support and their belief in me was invaluable and I would have struggled to get to where I am without it.

    — Jess Gillam, saxophonist, former Award winner and now AYM Patron

  • I felt elated when I found out I won an Award. When people recognise you have potential it gives your confidence a boost. It makes you want things even more and work harder.

    — Sophia, aged 12, violin

  • I was very happy when I received the Award. My mum would like to give us lots of opportunities in music but she doesn’t have much money. We are very grateful to have the Award to support us, as well as giving us opportunities to go to and perform at concerts.

    — Tristan, aged 14, piano and Hulusi (an ancient Chinese wind instrument)


We believe that all musically talented young people should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, whatever their background. However, the financial costs of supporting talent is high. Excelling at a musical instrument doesn’t just start and end with tuition. Families also need to cover other costs such as instruments, examination and audition fees and travel for attending courses. These costs can create huge obstacles for families already struggling in a challenging economic climate.


Our Awards programme is means-tested and funding is kept as flexible as possible: our key criteria are musical talent and financial need. In 2018, the average gross annual income of successful applicants was £18,918, clearly evidencing families’ need for our help. Receiving an Award opens the door to a bespoke portfolio of support. Award winners don’t just receive financial assistance - they also benefit from access to musical opportunities such as performance opportunities and mentoring.