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
  • Travel
  • 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.