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Financial help, musical opportunities and more.

Do you love making music? Does money and other things hold you back? An AYM Award could help. Maybe you play an instrument, produce, compose or write songs? You could get between £100 and £2,000 for your music. And you'll join a community of talented young musicians from across the UK and get free musical opportunities and advice too. Please scroll down and read the information below carefully before applying.

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Is this for me?

You can apply for an AYM Award if

  • You're aged 5 - 17
    • You can apply anytime after your 5th birthday and before you 18th birthday.
  • You're living and studying in the UK
    • England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Island, Isle of Man, Channel Islands.
  • You're an instrumentalist, composer, producer, singer or song-writer
    • We value all genres and styles of music equally.
  • Your family are on a lower income
    • You're eligible if the total income of any parents/carers in your home is less than £30,000 a year.
    • You may be eligible if it's between £30,000 - £40,000 a year.
    • It's unlikely you'll be eligible if it's above £40,000 a year.

You can apply for an AYM Award if

Yes, we're looking for musical talent but talent looks like many things. You're on your own musical path and we want to hear about it. Show us that:

  • you have the potential and passion to take your music to a high level with the right support
  • you've made great progress with whatever music education you've had access to and you now need support to take your next steps
  • you love what you do and have ideas for how you want to develop as an artist

Some of the musical opportunities available to Award winners

How can I apply?

We use a tool called Survey Monkey Apply (you'll see their monkey symbol around). We hope you'll find it easy to use. It works on any device and you don't need to download or install any apps.

We know that sometimes online forms can be a bit frustrating! We hope ours won’t be, but if you do want some support, or you hit a technical problem - please contact us. Please tell us if our application website is a barrier to you applying. If so, we'll happily find another way for you to send us your application.

The application is made up of bite-sized steps that you can work through at your own speed. Guidance is given each step of the way. This overview will help you know what to expect. Click the + sign to reveal the steps.

Our Awards Team will check your application before it goes into our adjudication process. We'll let you know if we need any further information from you.

The average wait time for an outcome is 3 months. The longest you will have to wait is 6 months.

In some circumstances we may contact you to attend an in-person audition. If we do you will be given time to prepare and AYM will cover any expenses you incur. In most circumstances an audition will not be required.

You can log in and check the status of your application if you're worried you've missed an email from us. If it still says Adjudication stage then you haven't missed anything.

That's it! You're now ready to apply for our Awards programme!

Keep scrolling If you have any more questions, you may find the answers in our frequently asked questions section.

Meet our alumni in the video below. They will help you during your application process.

Good luck!

Frequently Asked Questions

Click the + sign to reveal answers. If you don't find the answer to your question here, please contact us.

Contact us

We have a small Awards Team headed up by our Programme Manager, Hannah Turner. We're here to help and advise.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0300 302 0023

Or send a message using the form below

Take a look back at our Awards Day with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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