Are you a talented young instrumentalist? Do you need help with musical costs? You may be eligible to apply for up to £2,000.
Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) believe that all talented young people deserve the chance to progress in their music making. That’s why they’re awarding up to £100,000 in grants to exceptional young instrumentalists in need of support. AYM are inviting applications from instrumentalists aged 5-17 playing any musical genre to join their 2016 Awards Programme. As well as receiving flexible funding towards the costs of their musical development Award winners will benefit from individually tailored support, which may comprise mentoring, workshops and master classes with professional musicians, the chance to observe rehearsals with professional orchestras and other musical partners, and performance opportunities.
AYM’s key criteria are musical talent and financial need. To be considered for an Award the young musician must be recommended by their instrumental teacher and an organisation or group with whom they make music (e.g. an orchestra, band, music club). The young musicians’ parent/carer(s) also need to complete an application form, including a personal statement from the young musician and evidence of their musical ability. Whether they are studying classical Western music, classical Indian music, jazz, folk, blues, rock or commercial music they can evidence this ability in a number of ways; it is not essential to have taken formal exams.
Many AYM Award winners progress on to win prestigious music competitions or take up exciting careers in the music industry. For example in 2014, classical pianist Martin James Bartlett, whom AYM first supported when he was 9 years old, won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, with three other AYM award winners reaching the sectional finals.
The deadline for applications is Friday 18 March 2016 and Awards will be announced in May 2016. Those interested may wish to complete a simple online eligibility questionnaire before progressing with a full application. Full details of how to apply can be found at www.a-y-m.org.uk
The next deadline is Friday 18 March 2016