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Youth Music Initiative Funding

Hot Chocolate Trust, Dundee (photo: McAteer Photograph)

About the Programme

Creative Scotland administers the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) programme which in 2016-17 will:

  • Create access to high-quality music-making opportunities for young people aged 0-25 years, particularly for those that would not normally have the chance to participate.
  • Enable young people to achieve their potential in or through music making.
  • Support the development of the youth music sector for the benefit of young people.

Download the YMI Annual Programme Plan for 2016-17

Stay up to date with the programme by signing up to the YMI mailing list

There are three routes for supporting youth music projects:

1. School-Based Music-Making

Purpose

To sustain the Scottish Government P6 target – “every school pupil in Scotland should be offered a year of free music tuition by the time they reach Primary 6.”

Who Can Apply

This is a targeted fund for Scotland’s 32 Local Authorities and Jordanhill School. Activity supported through this route will commence at the beginning of the academic year in August 2016. For more information on your local authority’s YMI programme contact your YMI Formula Fund contact (Word document).

2. Access to Music-Making

Purpose

To create access to high-quality music-making opportunities for young people aged 0-25 years outwith school time.

Who Can Apply

Organisations/individuals can apply for funding between £1k – £40k. Targeted funding applications will be invited by Creative Scotland for up to £100k for activity which strategically address the aims of the programme.

Deadlines

This fund had now closed for 2016/17.

3. Strengthening Youth Music

Purpose

To support individuals, organisations and networks to undertake strategic action or training that will strengthen the youth music sector in Scotland for the benefit of young people.

Who can apply

Organisations/individuals can apply for funding between £1k – £20k. Targeted funding applications will be invited by Creative Scotland for up to £100k for activity which strategically address the aims of the programme. In addition, we’ve provided funding to the Scottish Music Centre to deliver a Training and CPD Fund providing small grants for individuals and organisations. For more info go to the Scottish Music Centre website

Deadlines

This fund had now closed for 2016/17.

More info

Read the findings from an evaluation of the YMI programme in 2014-15.

Downloads

YMI Access to Music-Making Guidelines 2016-17

View and download the guidelines in pdf format

YMI Strengthening Youth Music Guidelines 2016-17

View and download the guidelines in pdf format

YMI Annual Programme Plan 2016-17

Download the YMI Annual Programme Plan for 2016-17 in pdf format.

YMI Formula Fund Contacts 2016-17

Download the YMI Formula Fund Contacts 2016-17 in word format.

Information for YMI Funding Recipients 

If you have successfully applied for YMI funding please take a look at the YMI Funding Documents.