Strengthening Youth Music

The Access to Music Making fund is now closed for applications

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.

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

£1.2m will be available for the Access to Music Making and Strengthening Youth Music Funds with funding being delivered through Open applications:

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


YMI Strengthening Youth Music Guidelines

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

Strengthening Youth Music Fund Budget Template

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

YMI Annual Plan 2021-22

Read the Youth Music Initiative 2021-22 Annual Plan.

How to apply

The Strengthening Youth Music Fund is now closed to applications.


The deadline for the Strengthening Youth Music Fund was Wednesday 8 September (12noon).