Grants for young people (up to 21) to pursue musical ambition

  • Grant Range: £250 to £1000
  • Closing Date: 5pm Monday 23 November 2020
  • Apply Online

Why was it established and how does it work?

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.

Who is it for and what do we need from you?

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:

  • Individual music lessons
  • Purchase of first instruments
  • Costs towards attending group activities such as Young Sinfonia and Northern Junior Philharmonic

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

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