Grants of £2,000 to £30,000 are available to organisations in England for projects that support children and young people facing barriers to make, learn and earn in music.

The funding is made available through the Youth Music Trailblazer fund which supports organisations who want to trial work for the first time, test a new way of working, or disrupt the status quo – or all three.

To be eligible for support applications must meet one of the following themes: 

  • Early years
  • Disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent young people
  • Youth justice system
  • Young people facing barriers
  • Young adults
  • Organisations and the workforce.

A Trailblazer project could be:

  • A new community organisation testing out different ways of supporting nurseries to embed music-making into their day-to-day activities. 
  • A Music Education Hub that wants to disrupt the status quo of their local music scene by setting up a Youth Board that has budget & power to make decisions about how the hub is run.
  • An established youth centre trialling a programme of music activities for the first time.
  • Music curriculum activity in a special school, Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision setting.

Organisations less than one year old can apply for a maximum grant of £15,000.

A minimum of 10% match funding is required.