Access to Music Making

Round 1 of the Access to Music Making Fund is now closed for applications. Round 2 will open for applications at 2pm on Tuesday 20 September 2022.

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

Watch as Youth Music Initiative Officer Sarah Lockhart introduces 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 from Creative Scotland can apply but 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 on the funding section of our website.

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

£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

Completed applications and supporting material should be submitted through Creative Scotland’s online Funding Management System when it opens for Round 2.

Downloads

Download the guidance documents and application questions.

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

Round 1 of the Access to Music Making Fund is now closed for applications. Round 2 will open for applications at 2pm on Tuesday 20 September 2022.