Launched in 1998 when Northumbrian pipe player Kathryn Tickell approached the Community Foundation to discuss her concerns that opportunities for children and young people in the region to experience traditional music were diminishing.
The Young musicians Fund has since pulled together a number of smaller funds with similar aims, such as the Abigail and Stephen Crampton Fund, to help even more young people across our region to pursue their musical talent, ambition and interests.
An advisory committee meets twice a year to discuss applications. The committee consists of Kathryn Tickell OBE, John Treherne OBE (Gateshead Schools Music Service), Ray Laidlaw (Lindisfarne), Tamsin Austin (The Sage Gateshead), Veronica Cairns (London School of Music), Hannah Reynolds (Young Musicians Programme at The Sage Gateshead) and Yinka Sobo.
Grants are given to children and young people under the age of 21 in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, who are struggling to continue to pay for tuition fees or are wanting to purchase their first instrument.
Examples of grants include:
You should apply online. Please do take the time to read the Grants for Individuals application form help notes. You will also need to upload a supporting statement and this is where we ask you to make your case for support as well as a place to demonstrate your commitment and passion. This fund is predominantly for individuals who have already shown an aptitude for music. We therefore also request that you provide a quote or letter from your music teacher.
Priority will be given to applicants whose family income is less than £35,000 per annum so if you are comfortable to do so, please also provide that detail within your statement.
To make an application, please click apply online above