Strengthening Youth Music

Round 1 of the Strengthening Youth Music Fund is closed for applications. Round 2 will open for applications at 2pm on Tuesday 20 September 2022.

The purpose of the Strengthening Youth Music fund is to improve the youth music sector infrastructure and the services that organisers offer. It supports strategic action, research or training that will strengthen the youth music sector in Scotland for the benefit of children and young people. The purpose of this fund is not to support project delivery directly with children and young people. If your project is proposing direct delivery to children and young people, you should apply to the Access to Music Making Fund.

Watch as our Youth Music Initiative Officer, Sarah Lockhart, introduces the fund.

Who can apply

Applications to Strengthening Youth Music can come from organisations and individuals based in Scotland or who are delivering programmes within Scotland for the benefit of the 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

Up to £1.5m will be available for the Access to Music Making and Strengthening Youth Music Funds with funding being delivered through an open application process:

  • Open applications – supporting projects applying for between £1k – £20k, for up to 1 year of activity.

All applicants can apply for 100% of their proposed programme but we encourage applicants to include partnership funding and in kind contributions.

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 before making your application.

YMI Strengthening Youth Music Guidance 2022-23

Download the YMI Strengthening Youth Music fund guidelines in PDF format.

YMI Strengthening Youth Music - Plain Text Guidance

Download the YMI Strengthening Youth Music fund guidelines in plain text format.

YMI Strengthening Youth Music - Application Questions

Download the YMI Strengthening Youth Music Application Questions in PDF format.

YMI Interim Activity Update Form

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

YMI Strengthening Youth Music End of Project Form

Download the YMI Strengthening Youth Music End of Project Form, in .docx format.

Strengthening Youth Music Fund Budget Template

Download the Strengthening Youth Music fund budget template in Excel format.

How to apply

Round 1 of the Strengthening Youth Music Fund is closed for applications. Round 2 will open for applications at 2pm on Tuesday 20 September 2022.