Access to Music Making

Applications are open

The purpose of the Access to Music Making fund is to create access to high-quality music making opportunities outwith school time for children and young people aged 0 to 25 years (or, aged over 25 if they are disabled, care experienced and/or have been a young carer).

Watch as YMI Music Officer Sarah Lockhart explains more about the fund.

Who can apply

Applications to the Access to Music Making fund can come from organisations and individuals based in Scotland or who are delivering programmes within Scotland for the benefit of children and young people of Scotland.

Organisations already in receipt of Regular Funding can apply, but you should discuss your intention to apply for funding with your lead officer in the first instance. Applications will be required to demonstrate why the proposed activity is additional to your existing funding agreement and how the activity enhances current and future plans.

Who cannot apply

Applications will not be accepted from:

  • Schools and/or their associated organisations, such as Parent Teacher Associations
  • Local Authority music services

Please note: YMI will distribute £7.2m in 2022-23 for school-based music making programmes across Scotland’s 32 Local Authorities. For more information on your Local Authority’s YMI programme please check the YMI Formula Fund contact document.

In addition, this fund will not support applications which propose to create permanent full-time or part-time posts.

How much can you apply for

Up to £1.5m will be available for the Access to Music Making and Strengthening Youth Music Funds with funding being delivered through both Open and Targeted applications:

  • Open applications – supporting projects applying for between £1k – £30k, for up to 1 year of activity.
  • Targeted applications – Targeted funding applications are invited by Creative Scotland to apply for between £30k-£70k for activity which strategically addresses the aims of the programme.

Deadline

Applications are open and will close at 2pm on Thursday 8 December.

Downloads

Download the guidance documents and application questions before making your application.

YMI Access to Music Making Guidance 2022-23

Download the Access to Music Making fund guidelines in PDF format.

YMI Access to Music Making - Plain Text Guidance

Download the Access to Music Making fund guidelines in plain text format.

YMI Access to Music Making - Application Questions

Download the Access to Music Making Application Questions in PDF format.

YMI Interim Activity Update Form

Download the YMI Interim Activity Update Form, in Word format.

YMI Access to Music Making End of Project Form

Download the YMI Access to Music-Making End of Project Form, in .docx format.

Access to Music Making Fund Budget Template

Download the Access to Music Making Fund budget template in Excel format.

How to apply

Applications are open and will close at 2pm on Thursday 8 December.

Read the guidance for more information about this fund, including eligibility criteria and priorities, FAQs and the access support available.

Once you're ready, you can apply using our online application portal.

If you’ve never used our online portal, you’ll need to create an account before you apply.