Apply for Financial Help

Apply for Financial Help

Scottish Young Musicians has partnered with Young Sounds UK to help young musicians in Scotland find much needed funding to further their goals. Through the Awards programme, young musicians can apply to access £100 - £2,000 funding towards their musical costs and gain access to Young Sounds programme of musical opportunities.

If you need support, take a look at the eligibility conditions below and apply direct. Your music teacher or instrumental teacher may also be able to assist. 

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You can apply for an award if:

You are aged 5 - 17
Young musicians can apply any time after their 5th birthday and before their 18th birthday.

You are living and studying in the UK
If you have been living or studying in the UK for fewer than three years, you will be eligible to make an application if you are:

  • a national of a member state of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and a child of a migrant worker
  • a refugee or the child of a refugee who has not been ordinarily resident outside the British Islands since being recognised as a refugee or granted leave to enter or remain in the British Islands

You are an instrumentalist, singer, composer, producer or songwriter
We value all genres and styles of music equally. 

Your family is on a lower income
You will be eligible if the total income of any parents/carers in your home is less than £30,000 a year.

You may be eligible if it's between £30,000 - £40,000 a year. It's unlikely you will be eligible if it's above £40,000 a year.

What about musical talent?
We’re looking for musical talent, but talent looks like many things. We recognise that each young musician is on their own musical path, and we want to hear about it. We are looking for young musicians who:

  • have the potential and passion to take their music to a high level with the right support 
  • made great progress with whatever music education they have had access to and now need support to take their next steps 
  • love what they do and have ideas for how they want to develop as an artist  

If you have any questions about the Awards programme or the application process, you are very welcome to get in contact with us at

Please mention Scottish Young Musicians in your application. 


It’s been a really incredible opportunity to take part in Scottish Young Musicians and I never would have expected to win out of all of these wonderful musicians. There’s a lot you can learn by hearing other musicians play and I’ve taken away a lot today from hearing all the other musicians who are all around my age. I’ve been really inspired to continue playing music and can’t wait to see what lies in the future.

Emily Barron
Winner of Scottish Young Musicians Solo Performer of the Year 2023

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