Award for Young Concert Artists (AYCA)


Funded by a legacy from the Philip & Dorothy Green Music Trust


Auditions (April) to become Making Music Members (Six awards).  Promotion subsidises engagements and voluntary groups can hire young music stars of the future at affordable rates.


AYC is made up of voluntary promoters and performing groups who engage winners to perform in concerts that they present or as soloists to perform with them.


Very valuable to many young musicians starting their careers.


AYM - Awards for Young Musicians

AYM helps exceptional young people who need financial and other forms of support to progress their musical talent and to develop their skills to their full potential.

It also help music educators to spot, support and nurture musical talent in young people.


Aidan Woodcock Charity


Countess of Munster Trust


DrakeCalleja Trust

Scholarships for young outstanding performers


Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust



Instrumental soloists between the ages of 15 and 20 who are resident in the UK may apply for a junior award at any time of the year. Applicants must have demonstrated both exceptional talent and achievement, and can receive financial assistance towards travelling expenses to attend competitions, masterclasses and specific assistance in the case of hardship.

Hattori Foundation, 7 Exton Street, London SE1 8UE
Tel. 0207 620 3053,


John Paul Getty Foundation


The Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust

The Trust supports young musicians at the start of their careers with particular projects such as attending masterclasses, travelling to auditions, making initial, recordings, commissioning new works etc. It also supports organisations such as IMS Prussia Cove, English National Opera, British Youth Opera etc. who have a particular focus on working with young artists. The Music programme is primarily funded through a series of fund raisng concerts at 22 Mansfield St London W1G 9NR.

The Trust does NOT give assistance to paying regular tuition fees at universities and art or music colleges.


The Macfarlane Walker Trust

79 Graham Mansions

Sylvester Road


E8 7EU


Mayor of London

The Mayor’s Music Fund is an independent charity with the Mayor of London as Patron. It provides grants of circa £300,000 every year to enable thousands of children and young people across every London borough to develop their musical potential, through 4-year Scholarships and with opportunities to learn from and perform alongside professionals.


Miss E B Wrightson's Charitable Trust

Miss E B Wrightson had a passionate belief in encouraging and promoting talent amongst young musicians and for recreational charitable objects. Priority is given to those showing promise and commitment in financially and/or socially difficult circumstances, aged between 8 and 18. Scales of assistance vary according to circumstances and requirement. To date, distributions have ranged between £100 and £1,500. Grants can be made either as 'one-offs' or reviewable annually for a specified period of time. The Trustees normally consider applications quarterly, and applications should be made in writing.

Contact: Mrs Norah Hickman
 Swangles Farm, Cold Christmas, Herts SG12 7SP 



The Music Fundation

The Music Foundation is a private grant making and funding organisation. The Foundation is focused on the specific needs of young solo musicians. In particular, the Music Foundation provides funding for suitable instruments, tuition, travel, accommodation, education, materials and concerts. The Music Foundation has a strong preference for British applicants under the age of 18, who can demonstrate exceptional musicianship and instrumental ability. The applicants must demonstrate that they are in a recognised education programme, and must show that they do not have the financial resources to achieve their objective nor can they access alternative financial support from the government, local authorities, or other independent funding institutions. 

The Music Foundation 
Arbuthnot House, 20 Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9AR
Tel. 0207 012 2500,



The MBF Young Talent Awards are an important source of funding for instrumentalists and are made to those with a high level of musical achievement where there is financial need.

Awards are offered to those who will be under 18 years of age on 1 September in the year of application towards one of the following: 1) the cost of buying an instrument, 2) music lessons with a private teacher, 3) fees for a Saturday music centre, or 4) travel expenses to attend a Saturday music centre.

Awards are also offered to those who are aged 18 and about to enter their first year at university or college. Applications from 18 year olds can only be made for instrument purchase. Applicants should be British or Irish or have been resident in the UK or Ireland for at least 3 years on the closing date of Friday 12 June 2009. 

Contact: Susan Dolton, Director of Education and Professional Development
MBF Young Talent Awards, 7-11 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JS
Tel. 0207 239 9100, website


Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust


Oppenheim Trust - John Downes Memorial Oppenheim Trust


Help with Instruments 


Cherubim Trust


Felicity Belfield Trust 



Music Courses 


Aldeburgh Young Musicians


A distinctive approach to advanced musical training, which brings together like-minded young musicians and composers to rehearse, perform and exchange creative ideas.



Maiastra Chamber music courses for postgrad students





Young Artists Concerts


Music at 22 Mansfield Street – Bob and Elizabeth Boas


The Borletti-Buitoni Trust


SJSS Young Artists Awards

The Scheme is aimed at emerging soloists and ensembles.