Access to Music Making

The Access to Music Making fund is now closed for applications

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.

Watch as our 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

How much can you apply for

£1.2m 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.


YMI Access to Music Making Guidelines

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

Access to Music Making Fund Budget Template

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

YMI Annual Plan 2021-22

Read the Youth Music Initiative 2021-22 Annual Plan.

How to apply

The Access to Music Making Fund is now closed for applications.


The deadline for the Access to Music Making Fund was Wednesday 8 September (12noon).