Who we are

Founded as a national charity in 1998

Musical talent is everywhere but opportunity isn’t: family finances and other obstacles too often get in the way. We're here to change this in two key ways. We:

Support young musicians from low income families: with funding and other help.

Support music education: through training, advocacy and research.

For over 25 years, we’ve supported talented young people from low-income families, helping them to overcome financial and social obstacles. Whatever the genre, whatever the style, our strategically-targeted programmes help young musicians from across the UK to grow, flourish and fulfil their musical potential.

From funding instruments to lessons, to transport, whilst expanding their musical networks and giving them opportunities to perform, we do anything and everything we can to give holistic, tailor-made support to young people in need.

We offer bespoke, individual support for each young person’s musical progression. Our programmes not only sustain musical journeys, they also support others to identify and nurture talent wherever they find it.

At Young Sounds UK, we find potential and give musical talent a chance.

How we help

We’re here to give the best help and support to young musicians as possible, inspiring them to not only succeed, but excel.

Our people

Young Sounds UK has a small staff team who all work remotely from home and care passionately about making access to music fairer.

Our heritage

The history of Young Sounds UK from our founding in 1998 to today.

Annual report

A look back at the previous year at Young Sounds UK including facts and figures. 2023 Annual Report update coming soon.

Apply for an Award

Funding young talent UK-wide, through annual grants and tailor made help for individual musicians

Safeguarding policies and procedures

We believe that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.