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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 2017-18 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.

The 2017-18 YMI Annual Plan sets out our plans for the programme including a programme of work, funding and development priorities, budgets and how we will report on impact.

The recent 2015-16 YMI Impact Report sets out the impact YMI is having for young people, communities and the youth music sector.

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

Apply for Funding

There are three routes to apply for funding for youth music projects:

1. School-Based Music-Making (Formula Fund)

Purpose

To deliver the Scottish Government commitment – “every school pupil in Scotland should be offered a year of free music tuition by the time they leave primary school”.

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 2017. For more information on local authority YMI programmes 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 £90k for activity which strategically address the aims of the programme.

Deadline

  • 13 November 2017

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 £50k for activity which strategically address the aims of the programme.

Deadline

  • 13 November 2017

Downloads

Please note: we are aware of some people seeing formatting issues with the forms - if you have any problems or need any help, please contact Enquiries.

YMI Access to Music-Making Guidelines 2017-18

View and download the guidelines in pdf format

YMI Access to Music-Making Application Form 2017-18

Download the application form in MS Word format

YMI Strengthening Youth Music Guidelines 2017-18

View and download the guidelines in pdf format

YMI Strengthening Youth Music Application Form 2017-18

Download the application form in MS Word format

2017-18 YMI Annual Plan

This plan sets out the vision, aims and outcomes the YMI will focus on delivering in 2017-18.