What the organisations do
National youth music organisations offer invaluable opportunities and support for talented young musicians to develop their performance skills across a range of musical genres, regardless of their background.
Applications to this fund are now closed. The eight National youth music organisations operate across the country, carrying out work that supports the Arts Council's Goal one around talent and artistic excellence and Goal five around access to arts for children and young people, as set out in our strategic framework, Great art and culture for everyone. They also work closely with Music education hubs to help them to deliver their shared objectives.
National youth music organisations, previously funded through Youth Music, were selected through a solicited funding round. This followed the decision by the Arts Council to take direct responsibility for their funding, acknowledging the important role these organisations play in developing talent and how closely aligned they are with our goals and priorities.
The importance of fostering high level talent through national youth organisations was highlighted in Darren Henley's Cultural Education: an independent review and emphasised the importance of celebrating the considerable musical achievements and talents of the young people.
Funding and recipients
Funds of £2,249,900 will be awarded between April 2013 and March 2015 through the programme administered by Arts Council England and jointly funded with the Department for Education.
Download Laura Gander-Howe's speech from the Music education council autumn seminar 2012:
The eight National youth music organisations and their funding awards are:
|Youth Music Theatre UK||£300,000|
|National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain||£500,000|
|South Asian Music Youth Orchestra (SAMYO)||£236,280|
|National Youth Choirs of Great Britain||£214,800|
|National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain||£161,100|
|Music for Youth||£343,680|
|National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain||£236,280|
|National Youth Jazz Collective||£257,760|