Grant-givers & funding organisations

Youth Music

+44 (0)20 7902 1060

9 Tanner Street, London, United Kingdom

Youth Music projects take place in all kinds of places. Youth centres, libraries and prisons. Nurseries, hospitals and housing estates. Sometimes schools (although usually out-of-hours). Often, it’s the fact that they're not school which helps young people to engage.

Several times a year, organisations can apply to us for funding for their music-making projects. Big or small, if they have a great idea for helping young people through music, Youth Music will consider it.

Organisations have to demonstrate the need for their project in their local area. They need to prove they’ve talked to young people to find out what they want. They have to show a fully-costed plan. And most importantly, they need to explain exactly how their project will help change children’s lives.


Every year, Youth Music provides more than 100,000 young people with the opportunity to make music, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives.

Their music projects support young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and live happy, successful lives.

Youth Music’s ongoing research allows us to identify the best ways to engage young people and drive fresh thinking in music education. We also provide a growing online community for thousands of music education professionals.

Many young people still need Youth Music’s help. Join them on their mission to give every child the chance to make music. 

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PRS Foundation

+44 20 8589 5544

2 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG

We are the UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development across all genres.

We invest in the future of music by supporting talent development and new music across the UK; enabling songwriters and composers of all backgrounds to realise their potential and reach audiences across the world.

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Heritage Lottery Fund

+44 (0)20 7591 6000

7 Holbein Place, London SW1W 8NR, UK

From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks we love, from precious memories to rare wildlife…we use money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.

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City Bridge Trust

+44 (0)20 7332 3710

Guildhall, Gresham Street, London, UK

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of Bridge House Estates.

It was established to make use of funds surplus to bridge requirements and provides grants totalling around £20m per year towards charitable activity benefitting Greater London.

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London Music Fund

+44 (0)20 7983 4258

City Hall, London, United Kingdom


Since 2011 we have funded 32 inspirational projects reaching over 9,000 young people.

These ambitious projects range from West End musicals to funk, classical to grime, and give 7-18 year olds the chance to learn from and perform alongside professional musicians in iconic venues.

Read more about projects we have supported here.

Grants are awarded for up to £15,000 per project, and must be led by one London Music Service with at least two other professional partners.


We award four-year music Scholarships to children who have started learning an instrument and are doing really well but whose families find it difficult to pay for music lessons, meaning that without our support they would have to give up their studies. Since 2011 we have awarded 426 Scholarships to young musicians in London.

What does a scholar receive?

  • Weekly instrumental tuition at a suitably challenging level, normally in small groups (2-6 per group) or, in exceptional circumstances, one-to-one
  • Compulsory attendance at a weekly ensemble of a suitably challenging level
  • Regular performance opportunities at school, music service and elsewhere
  • Invitations to attend special projects and go on trips to professional concerts
  • A well maintained instrument which can be taken home
  • A named Mentor who is the liaison between the Scholar and family, music tutor and school

In order to be eligible for an award Scholars should:

  • Be in Year 5 at the latest
  • Attend a junior school in London where there are no school fees
  • Have been learning a musical instrument for a minimum of one year
  • Show potential and commitment to learning, but come from a family where the ongoing cost of tuition would be prohibitive.

Our vision is simple: we believe that every child who shows musical potential should be given the opportunity to develop that potential, regardless of their background.

We fund two programmes: Scholarships and Partnerships. Working in collaboration with the 32 London borough Music Education Hubs, we work with schools, community music providers and professional musicians across London to develop musical opportunities for children and young people.

We are delighted to be supported by ABRSM, working with them on a series of Playing Days for our scholars which focus on creative music-making. The video above showcases our 2017 Scholars’ Graduation.

Can you help?

With no statutory or government funding, 100% of our income is from individual philanthropy, corporate support and trusts and foundations.

Over the last 5 years, our supporters have helped us to award 380 four-year Scholarships and to fund 29 large-scale projects, reaching over 8,000 young musicians. In total, £1.6m in grants has been given directly to support music education in London.

If you believe in the power of music to change lives we hope you will join us in ensuring thousands more young musicians have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Click here to donate

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Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

+44 (0)117 931 7317

Nicholson House, Lime Kiln Close, Stoke Gifford, United Kingdom

 HEFCE funds and regulates universities and colleges in England. We invest on behalf of students and the public to promote excellence and innovation in research, teaching and knowledge exchange.

In all our activities we will aim to:

  • ensure accountability for funding and be a proportionate regulator
  • act in the public interest and be open, fair, impartial and objective
  • be an effective broker between Government and the sector and in doing so, ensure that we are implementing government policy effectively.

The results of our biennial Stakeholder Survey will help us to review how well we are performing.

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Help Musicians UK (HMUK)

+44 (0)20 7239 9100

7-11 Britannia Street, London, United Kingdom


A career in music involves highs and lows. For all the rewards, there can also be challenges.

An accident, injury or illness can have a devastating effect. And then with many musicians unable to save for their retirement with little or no pension provision, later life can be difficult too.

That’s why Help Musicians UK are here and they’ve been here since 1921. They’ve helped thousands of musicians. As well as providing advice and guidance, they give financial and emotional support. For many, they are a lifeline. They play a vital role supporting working musicians who are dealing with an illness, injury or accident. They give financial grants to pay for medical treatment, specialist therapies and living costs.

They aim to get musicians back to work as soon as possible but sometimes a long-term illness or disability can make this impossible. Such life-changing circumstances can be hard to accept and deal with. They’re here to provide one-on-one help and support.

They also improve the quality of life for retired musicians by providing financial and non-financial support and social visits. Their aim is for them to enjoy independence in later life.

They offer grants and provide opportunities to emerging musicians directly and through partnerships. And they help with short-term treatment costs for music students experiencing health problems.

As a charity, they exist not only for musicians across the UK but for everyone who enjoys music. If you need help or know someone who does, they’re here for you. And if you love music, and want to help the people who make it, please support HMUK.

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Creative Scotland

+44 (0)33 0333 2000

Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG


Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

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