British Youth Music Theatre

Access to the Arts

The aim of this initiative is to widen participation in theatre performance and enable those currently underrepresented in industry to enter. We achieve this by delivering engagement activities for children & young people and by offering places on our life-changing theatre projects free of charge.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1103076)

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Championed by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


• The theatre industry needs an assorted pool of talent to flourish; the UK sector lacks diversity. • There’s been a huge decline in school/community arts provision due to funding cuts. Access to the arts is determined by where you live and what you can afford to pay. • We receive 100s of bursary applications every year from families that can’t take part without financial assistance. • Our work is vital to preserving the sector; ensuring that theatre remains something everyone can enjoy.


We will improve access by offering a fully-funded pathway, from initial engagement through to professional-level experience, working with schools, colleges and youth/community organisations, in areas of social and economic deprivation. Approximately 10% of those engaged through Careers & Auditions Days will progress on to our programme of activities: Summer Camps (beginner), Boot Camps (advanced), Theatre Productions (intermediate/advanced) and Backstage Courses (advanced).

  • All the participants are still very energised about their experience and maintaining strong friendships with the whole group. For a group of teenagers who have never done any theatre training previously and by and large lack confidence, their final performance blew me away.

    — Cathy Wood, Young Carers Project Coordinator (referral agent)

  • My daughter had the most amazing time, she learnt so so much and I think grew immensely all round in that short time. We couldn’t have been prouder of her, we were bowled over by all of the teams enthusiasm and dedication to the young people.

    — Parent (bursary recipient 2019)

  • Ten years on from BYMT I’ve still got friends I speak to everyday and it's great now to see everyone's still inspired by those magical two weeks.

    — Jack Frimston (alumnus)

  • I can honestly say it was the best experience of my life. Working with musicians and choreographers from the West End and famous, elite colleges was an incredible experience.

    — Poppy Harvey Wood (participant 2019)