The charity has a grants programme that supports projects for children and young people who face barriers to music-making as a result of who they are, where they live or the circumstances they face.
About the grants
Youth Music takes an outcomes approach, prioritising projects that support the musical, personal and social development of children and young people, as well as positive outcomes for organisations and their workforce. Every Youth Music project measures its impact against a number of musical, personal and social outcomes markers. Youth Music is supported by the National Lottery, awarding funds via Arts Council England.
What grants are available?
- Fund A awards grants of between £2,000 and £30,000 for high-quality projects that will help to achieve a musically inclusive England. Grants last from six to 24 months, must achieve three outcomes and have 10 per cent match funding.
- Fund B awards grants of between £30,000 and £200,000 for high-quality, sustained projects that expand and embed musically inclusive practice within and beyond an organisation. Grant duration is 18 months to three years depending on grant size and there is a maximum of 30 per cent match funding. Recipients will be expected to achieve five outcomes.
- Fund C awards larger grants for projects with a dual role of delivery and strategic work; expanding and embedding high-quality, inclusive music-making. Applications for this fund are currently closed.
Who is eligible?
Organisations should be a UK-based registered charity or not-for-profit-company and deliver work in England. They should also be legally constituted and have provided activity for a minimum of one year and have a set of accounts no more than 18 months old. Employers should also pay staff the living wage.
Who is helped and how?
The children and young people supported may have faced the following circumstances:
- Whose family income restricts or prevents their participation in music-making
- With a condition that makes their participation in music-making more expensive or complex, such as a disability or sensory impairment
- Whose living situation makes participation in music-making more expensive or complex, such as being in care or living in rural isolation
- Whose behaviour means they need additional support or specialist services in order to be able to participate, such as young offenders or those at risk of exclusion.
Organisations will need to show how their project will:
- Identify and work to break down any barriers to music-making
- Put children and young people’s voices at the heart of the work
- Place emphasis on young people’s self-expression and musical creativity
- Support a diversity of high-quality music-making across a range of genres and activities
- Educate staff and volunteers on the different approaches to teaching and learning.
What are the priority areas?
Youth Music has five priority funding areas, and projects should identify which ones they best fit:
- Early years – children aged 0-5 who face barriers to accessing music-making.
- SEND – including children who have moderate and profound learning difficulties, a disability or sensory impairment.
- Young people who are not in education, employment or training or are at risk of Neet – this includes those aged 16 to 24, with family related issues and who have been affected by transience.
- Children and young people who are, have been, or are at risk of being in contact with the youth justice system
- Music cold spots – including young people living in areas of high deprivation, low opportunity, limited cultural activity or experiencing physical or mental health problems.
What are the deadlines?
For Fund A, applications are made online and there are deadlines three times a year with decisions made within three months. The next one is 6 December with decisions made by 6 March 2020.
For Fund B, there are two deadlines a year. Each funding round has a two-stage process. The next stage one deadline has just passed and the next stage two deadline is 21 February 2020.
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