Grants for children and young people to pay towards music tuition or to buy an instrument

  • Grant Range: £250 to £800
  • Closing Date: Monday 4 November 2019 at 5pm
  • Apply Online

Apply now for the Young Musicians Fund

The Young Musicians Fund grants are given to children and young people under the age of 18 in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Durham, who are struggling to continue to pay for tuition fees or to purchase an instrument.  They must be able to demonstrate commitment and have the support of their music teacher or school. Priority will be given to applicants whose family income is less than £35,000 per annum.

Find out more about the Fund here.

Why was it established?

Launched in 1998 when Northumbrian pipe player Kathryn Tickell approached the Community Foundation (formerly Tyne & Wear Foundation) to discuss her concerns that opportunities for children and young people in the region to experience traditional music were diminishing.

How does it work?

The Young Musicians Fund is an endowment investment through which grants are given from the income. The target for the fund was originally £100,000 and already this has reached £90,000 making an annual grant giving income of around £4,000. (Grants have ranged from £50 to £1000 in the past.)

Who benefits?

Grants are given to children and young people under the age of 18 in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, who are struggling to continue to pay for tuition fees or are wanting to purchase their first instrument. They must be able to demonstrate commitment and have the support of their music teacher or school. Priority will be given to applicants whose family income is less than £35,000 per annum.

Examples of grants

  • Individual music lessons
  • Purchase of first instruments including violin and harp
  • Costs towards attending Young Sinfonia and Northern Junior Philharmonic

How are decisions made?

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.

How can an application be made?

Click the "apply online" button above to make an application.

If you would prefer to have the application as a Word document please email jc@communityfoundation.org.uk Please note you need to provide a reference from a music teacher.

What is the next Deadline?

Monday 4 November 2019

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