Each year the ‘Awards for Young Musicians’ offers grants of up to £2000 for those children aged between 5 and 17 to buy instruments, fund extra lessons or take part in course. The text from the website (you can find out more here>>>) is as follows:
Annual Awards programme
Our 2015 Awards applications process is now open.
If you are aged between five and seventeen you can apply; we give awards of between £200 and £2,000, in total up to £100,000 per year; in 2014 we made Awards to 125 young musicians, some of whom we’ve been helping for several years, assisting with all the major costs of a young musician’s training, such as extra tuition, buying an instrument, travel and specialist courses.
Our key criteria
We support instrumentalists making music in any genre, and our key criteria are:
– Financial need (all applications are means-tested)
– Exceptional musical talent and potential
Awards can help with costs including:
- Buying or hiring a musical instrument
- Music lessons
- Weekend music schools
- Music courses
- Orchestra fees
- Applicants will need to:
– Show evidence of financial need
– Have ideally achieved a distinction in your last music exam – or, if you haven’t taken exams, show evidence of this level of ability
– Be recommended by your music teacher and an organisation, orchestra or group where you play or practise.