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:

Implementing the national plan for music education: one year on

Implementing the national plan for music education: one year on

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