Support us

Support us

Help us support the next generation of musical talent 

Scottish Young Musicians is an opportunity for young musicians to push their skills to the next level, take on new challenges and achieve their ambitions. Taking part in competitions has many benefits. We provide an environment where young talent can flourish. Through the competition, our participants grow in confidence, develop their skills, make new connections and have a lot of fun!

SYM is made possible through the support of its funders and donors. We receive no local or central government support and rely on individual donors, corporate donors and trusts and foundations for all our funding.

Your donations make a real difference to the lives of our young people across Scotland. 


Fund Your Local Authority Competition 

It costs only £1,000 to fund the local authority competition in your area. This covers all the schools in the authority and provides central support. 

By funding your local competition, you will be supporting the next generation of musical talent to achieve their ambitions and develop their skills. Your donation will link you or your company to this inspiring project and demonstrate your commitment to making positive change for Scotland's young people. Email us today to find out more — we would love to hear from you.

Our Supporters

We are enormously grateful for the generous support of the following Individuals, Companies, Trusts and Foundations:

Music Partners


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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Stringers of Edinburgh logo

Band Supplies logo

Haydock Music logo

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Benedetti Foundation

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra logo

Cumnock Tryst logo

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Scottish Ensemble

Trusts, Foundations & Corporate Sponsors

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The Cornershop PR

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Virgin Money

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  • Penpont Charitable Trust
  • The Rhona Reid Charitable Trust (supporting North Ayrshire)
  • The Stevenston Charitable Trust 
  • Sylvia Aitken's Charitable Trust
  • The Tay Charitable Trust


  • Geoff Ball
  • Nicola Benedetti CBE
  • Hamish Buchan
  • Julie Carrie
  • Peter Dart (for Branding Advice)
  • Laura Gardiner
  • Alex Hammond-Chambers
  • Dr Ursula Jones OBE (Brass Ensemble of the Year and Best Solo Brass Player prizes)
  • Miloš Karadaglic
  • Alan Kerr (supporting Renfrewshire)
  • Adam Lee
  • Scott Lygate
  • Sir James MacMillan CBE
  • Edward McCardle
  • Paula McWilliams
  • Jim Mellon
  • Ian Mills
  • Maureen Morrison
  • Lio Moscardini
  • Mae Murray
  • Jane Nicolson (for Media Support)
  • Kirk Richardson
  • Graham Sheffield CBE
  • Alexander Stoddart FRSE (for The Maid of Morven Trophy)
  • Louise Timney
  • Lord Vallance of Tummel (supporting Perth & Kinross)
  • John Wallace CBE

The William Syson Foundation is delighted to support Scottish Young Musicians in the launch of these competitions. The musical education of thousands of young people will be enriched as a result and we know that our financial contribution will give excellent value for money.

Maureen Morrison
Cellist, Trustee of The William Syson Foundation

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