Youth Music Initiative

About the Programme

In 2003, the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) was launched to put music at the heart of children and young people’s lives and learning. It currently operates with an annual budget of £9 million and supports all musical genres, age groups and teaching methods.

On this page you can learn more about the programme by reading the annual plan as well as recent impact reports and evaluations. You can also sign up to our monthly newsletter.

Funding

The YMI has two distinct strands:

  • School Based Music Making – activities planned and delivered by local authorities. Local authorities apply to the YMI Formula Fund for this activity.
  • The Informal Sector – activities planned and delivered by individuals and organisations who primarily work outwith school settings. There are two informal sector funding routes: Access to Music Making and Strengthening Youth Music, as well as the YMI CPD and Training Fund which is managed by the Scottish Music Centre.

Discover more about the funds that are part of the YMI in our Funding section.

YMI 20th Anniversary Celebrations

This year, we’re celebrating 20 incredible years of the Youth Music Initiative (YMI). Visit this page to find out more and download the promo pack so you can join in with the celebrations!

Youth Music Initiative 20th Anniversary Celebration

In 2022 we're celebrating a wonderful 20 years of the Youth Music Initiative.

Downloads

About the Youth Music Initiative

Download our introduction to the Youth Music Initiative in PDF format.

YMI Annual Plan 2021-22

Read the Youth Music Initiative 2021-22 Annual Plan.

Youth Music Initiative 2019-2020 Evaluation

Download the latest YMI evaluation in PDF format.

YMI Evaluation Infographic 2019-20

Download this colourful and insightful infographic highlighting the key points of the Youth Music Initiative evaluation.

YMI Impact Report 2018/19

Download the full 2018/19 YMI Impact report in PDF format.

Stay up to date

Stay up to date with the programme by signing up to the YMI mailing list below. You can also keep up to date with all things YMI by following the hashtag #YMIScotland and following us at @CreativeScots.

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Latest Stories from YMI

Spotlight on Findhorn Bay Arts, celebrating creativity with young music makers from Moray

Since 2012, Findhorn Bay Arts has been ‘making creative things happen’ in Moray and beyond. In this Spotlight piece for the Youth Music Initiative, find out more about their project In the Mix.

Published: 05 Jul 2021

Spotlight on Nevis Ensemble's Young Carer's project

For this month’s spotlight Nevis Ensemble Chief Executive, Jamie Munn writes about their recent Young Carer’s project which will tie in with Carer’s Week (7-13 June).

Published: 03 Jun 2021

Spotlight on hip hop artist Jackill

Aberdeenshire YMI have been working with local hip hop artist Jackill for 3 years to deliver a hip hop project to primary schools and two groups of young people at risk of exclusion from mainstream secondary education in the north of Aberdeenshire. Jackill writes here about why he believes hip hop is such an (...)

Published: 17 May 2021

Spotlight on Tinderbox PlayAway Games Festival

For this month’s spotlight Tinderbox Collective Project Manager, Musical Director and freelance Games Composer Luci Holland writes about Scotland’s games music industry.

Published: 11 Mar 2021

Recipients of Youth Arts Funding announced

£2.1m of Scottish Government emergency Youth Arts Funds are being awarded to 92 projects across the country to help ensure children and young people continue to have access to creative opportunities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 18 Feb 2021