Youth Music Initiative

In 2003, the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) was launched to put music at the heart of children and young people’s lives and learning. It currently operates with an annual budget of £9 million and supports all musical genres, age groups and teaching methods.

On this page you can learn more about the programme by reading the annual plan as well as recent impact reports and evaluations.

Youth Music Initiative Funding

Supporting high quality music making opportunities for young people aged 0 – 25 yrs.

YMI Downloads

Discover more about youth music in Scotland and the YMI programme through our latest reports, evaluations and case studies.

YMI Newsletter Sign Up

Stay up to date with the programme by signing up to the YMI newsletter

Youth Music Initiative 20th Anniversary Celebration

In 2022 we're celebrating a wonderful 20 years of the Youth Music Initiative.

Latest Stories from YMI

Spotlight - Live Music and Mental Health Innovation Labs

This month's Spotlight is on Children in Scotland, which has been working with Scottish Ensemble and University of Stirling to deliver a series of Live Music and Mental Health Innovation Labs in different parts of Scotland.

Published: 10 Apr 2024

Spotlight - Live Music Now Scotland

In February's Spotlight, discover more about the Youth Music Initiative-funded collaboration that supports Live Music Now Scotland to offer music-making sessions for children with additional support needs at The Yard.

Published: 02 Feb 2024

Spotlight - Off The Record

We're kicking off 2024 with a Spotlight from Off The Record (OTR). Founded by Wide Events CIC in 2013, it provides events and online content for musicians and those who want to work in the industry for 16 to 25-year-olds based in Scotland.

Published: 15 Jan 2024