Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) believe that all talented young people deserve the chance to progress in their music making. That’s why they’re awarding up to £100,000 in grants to exceptional young instrumentalists in need of support.
AYM are inviting applications from instrumentalists aged 5-17 playing any musical genre to join their 2016 Awards Programme. As well as receiving flexible funding towards the costs of their musical development Award winners will benefit from individually tailored support, which may comprise mentoring, workshops and master classes with professional musicians, the chance to observe rehearsals with professional orchestras and other musical partners, and performance opportunities.
AYM’s key criteria are musical talent and financial need. To be considered for an Award the young musician must be recommended by their instrumental teacher and an organisation or group with whom they make music (e.g. an orchestra, band, music club). The young musicians’ parent/carer(s) also need to complete an application form, including a personal statement from the young musician and evidence of their musical ability. Whether they are studying classical Western music, classical Indian music, jazz, folk, blues, rock or commercial music they can evidence this ability in a number of ways; it is not essential to have taken formal exams.
Many AYM Award winners progress on to win prestigious music competitions or take up exciting careers in the music industry. For example in 2014, classical pianist Martin James Bartlett, whom AYM first supported when he was 9 years old, won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, with three other AYM award winners reaching the sectional finals.
The deadline for applications is Friday 18 March 2016 and Awards will be announced in May 2016. Those interested may wish to complete a simple online eligibility questionnaire before progressing with a full application. Full details of how to apply can be found at www.a-y-m.org.uk.
Across AYM’s annual Awards and other strategic programmes the charity has an ambition to reach 1,000 young musicians every year. In order to achieve this ambitious target AYM are continuously fundraising with the support of its dedicated team of volunteers, individual donors and patrons including: Paul Lewis, Shabaka Hutchings, Duncan Ward, Ksenija Sidorova, Zeb Soanes and Julian Lloyd Webber.
“I wholeheartedly support AYM because it nurtures new generations of exceptional young musicians. We are all the richer for it.”
Julian Lloyd Webber
“The support AYM gave me was life changing. I was able to study with two of the most important Jazz drummers in UK, receiving tuition to complete my Grade 6 Drum Kit exam. I got a distinction (95%) and am going on to take Grade 8. As a result of my musical development I have been able to enter the 2015 Top 10 Best Young Drummers in the UK competition”.
Zoe (drums) age 16
“I loved the look and the sound of the saxophone so my parents bought me a well-used one from a friend who had one in their garage and I learned through group half hour lessons at school. I love to perform and a lot of people are surprised at the level I have achieved without private tuition. I am thrilled that AYM are supporting me to have private lessons for the first time”.
Kyran (saxophone) age 14
“With the help of AYM, I have been fortunate enough to acquire the high quality instruments that I need in order to progress in my musical career. Other than financial help for my flute and piccolo, AYM has provided me with many musical opportunities such as attending professional orchestra rehearsals and chances to meet and make music with other Award recipients”.
Grace (flute) age 17
“I have worked so hard with the money you gave me. I was so pleased with my distinction in Grade 3 and want to take Grade 5. I played at the Royal National Mòd in Inverness. I was the youngest competitor and won a cup for my Gaelic tunes, which I polish every day. My harp is the best thing in the world and I am inspired by how my music makes other people feel. I want to study harp at university one day.”
Meredith (clàrsach) age 9
To get involved in fundraising or to find out about how to apply for a 2016 Award from AYM please visit their website www.a-y-m.org.uk.
For enquiries about the Awards programme please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 302 0023.