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 Fun Fiddle at Towerbank School

September's Youth Music Initiative Spotlight is with Gica Loening, founder and practitioner of Makin a Brew, Fun Fiddle and YMI Officer for East Lothian Council.

Published: 01 Sep 2020

Finding the rhythm through COVID-19 - Intercultural Youth Scotland

Intercultural Youth Scotland is a youth led charity providing services for Young Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) Scots.

Published: 04 Aug 2020

Creativity in lockdown with Glasgow based charity The Sound Lab

Read our guest feature from The Sound Lab, who enable hundreds of people every year to realise their creative potential in free, fun and engaging workshops and other creative opportunities.

Published: 07 Jul 2020

Ten things you need to know about the Youth Music Initiative (YMI)

On the back of a major report by the name of What's Going On Now? (WGON), which explores how the joy and challenge of learning music is an integral part of the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people in Scotland today, we're celebrating the important work of YMI.

Published: 26 Feb 2019

Over £300k to enable young people to access music-making activities

Young people across Scotland will enjoy access to high-quality music-making opportunities thanks to £300,000 funding from the Youth Music Initiative (YMI).

Published: 06 Sep 2018