Furthering Talent

Sustaining musical journeys

Furthering Talent Connect helps musicians from the earliest stage in their musical journey. The programme is specifically designed to help young people from low income families sustain their musical learning after initial state-funded whole-class lessons end, so they can keep on progressing and playing music well into their teens and beyond.

We're hiring! We’re looking for a Programme Producer to join our growing Furthering Talent (FT) programme. You will assist the Programme Director in ensuring the successful delivery of the programme in 10 Hubs in the North of England. Find out more by clicking here.

The shape of Furthering Talent

Furthering Talent has four core elements for every student, for at least two years.

Instrumental Lessons


A personal bursary


3 Get Togethers per year 


Individual Learning Plan


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Additional opportunities

Hub Partners

Furthering Talent Connect now comprises two programme types, operating across 20 Music Hubs in England.

Ambassador Hubs

Support the musical progression of over 400 young people via a holistic programme designed to help them overcome barriers and keep learning.

  • Bradford
  • Greater Manchester
  • Manchester
  • Hull
  • Lewisham
  • Resonate (Liverpool)
  • Severn Arts (Worcestershire)
  • Sheffield
  • Sunderland
  • The Music Partnership (North-West Midlands)

Connector Hubs

Focus on inclusion and access for ALL young people and families in their area, and beyond.

  • Cumbria
  • Berkshire
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
  • Coventry
  • Devon and Torbay
  • Hertfordshire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Norfolk
  • North Tyneside
  • Waltham Forest


We have established a network of experts across our Ambassador and Connector Hubs . We’re calling them ‘Connectors’ and their role is to connect young people and families with musical experiences in their local area. They exist to find appropriate opportunities and share valuable information on how best to support young people’s musical development.

Young People's Programme Panel

The National Young People’s Programme Panel is; a group of young musicians from across the country on our Furthering Talent programme, who meet online twice a year. Chaired by Young Sounds mentors, this is a space for them to chat about their experiences on Furthering Talent and explore their ideas for how to make the programme even better.

We’ve now introduced regional panels in each of our partner Hubs, with the discussions being more locally focused.

All panel sessions are led by young people and are an opportunity for them to meet each other and make some important decisions about how Young Sounds and our Hub partners can develop our support for programme participants.

If you are or know a young musician on the Furthering Talent programme who’d like to participate please ask a parent or carer to contact [email protected]

In review

Described as ‘overwhelmingly successful’ by music education expert Richard Hallam, in his 2013 external evaluation of the first programme phase, Furthering Talent has received significant support from Youth Music since 2014 thanks to their funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England.  We were also a founding member of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England. The programme is also supported as part of our NPO grant from Arts Council England and our NYMPO support from the Department for Education.

You can read more about the Furthering Talent programme in our 5-year review publication. You can also watch this short film about the programme which highlights some of our key learning from the most recent phase.

Meet our Partner Hubs

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