Youth Music Initiative Funding

Creative Scotland administers the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) programme which aims to:

  • Create access to high-quality music-making opportunities for children and young people, particularly for those that would not normally have the chance to participate
  • Enable children and young people to achieve their potential in or through music making
  • Support the development of the youth music sector for the benefit of children and young people

You can learn more about the Youth Music Initiative by reading the annual plan as well as impact reports and evaluations of the programme over on the main YMI programme page. You can also sign up to our monthly newsletter.

Apply for Funding

There will be four routes to apply for funding for youth music projects in 2021-22 For guidance on eligibility, criteria and applying to these funds, please visit relevant fund pages.

School Based Music Making (Formula Fund)

This fund aims to fulfil the YMI Scottish Government commitment that every school pupil in Scotland should be offered a year of free music tuition by the time they leave primary school. This is a targeted fund open for applications from Scotland’s 32 Local Authorities and Jordanhill School.

Access to Music Making

The purpose of the Access to Music Making fund is to create access to high-quality music making opportunities for children and young people.

Strengthening Youth Music

To support individuals, organisations and networks who work outwith school settings to undertake training and continuing professional development that will strengthen youth music in Scotland for the benefit of children and young people.

YMI CPD and Training Fund

To support individuals, organisations and networks who work outwith school settings to undertake training and continuing professional development that will strengthen youth music in Scotland for the benefit of children and young people.


For guidance on completing YMI Interim and End of Project Forms please visit the relevant fund pages.

Further advice and information

If you would like more information about Youth Music Initiative, get in touch.

Name Role Email Address
Morag Macdonald YMI Manager
Kelsey Jubin Creative Learning Officer (Formula Fund)
Christine Halsall YMI Officer (Access to Music Making and Strengthening Youth Music Funds) Christine.Halsall@creativescotland,com
Sarah Lockhart Creative Learning Officer

If you require support, further information or have any general enquiries about the application process please contact our Enquiries Service. Our Enquiries Service will be able to advise you or will put you in contact with one of our officers.

You can also visit the Creative Scotland contact page for information on how to get in touch via our website or social media.

If you are a D/deaf BSL user, you can access our services with the Contact Scotland-BSL programme. Visit the Contact Scotland BSL website for more information.

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