Awards for Young Musicians

AYM  supports talented young people from low-income families to fulfil their musical potential by providing both funding and opportunities.

Brighton pianist Molly O’Flynn has won an award, and as well as financial help for musical costs, had the opportunity to receive coaching, attend master classes, participate in events with professional musicians, and play in concerts.

Her older sister, Natasha, has been on the awards scheme for the last two years, which has enabled her to buy a good quality viola as well as giving her opportunities to attend concerts and watch soloists such as Nicola Benedetti rehearse.

Future Talent

Young Musicians Development Programme

Future Talent invites applications to its Young Musicians Development Programme annually from young musicians and singers, across the UK, aged between 5 and 18 years of age.  Their Programme offers both financial assistance as well as scheduling of development and performance opportunities. By working closely with the families they build lasting relationships to ensure the advice and nurturing given is relevant to the individual and their circumstances.

Financial assistance can be used to fund a variety of musical costs. These include lesson fees, contribution towards instrument purchase/ hire, membership ensemble fees and grade fees. Performance and development opportunities include mentoring sessions and masterclasses with established musicians and music professionals, such as Chloë Hanslip, Leslie Howard and Mary Hammond and performances as part of the Future Talent Orchestra at venues such as Southbank Centre and Buckingham Palace. For more information about the Young Musicians Development Programme, and how to apply, please click the button below.

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The Starr Trust

The Starr Trust, registered Charity no. 1127497, was formed to support young people to fulfill their potential. It is an independent, family run charity whose income comes entirely from community fundraising and events, and donations from generous companies and individuals.

They support young people aged 10 –18 to fulfil their potential through sports, arts and education,  providing:

  • financial grants up to £5000 for young people in need living in the BN post code area of the UK (Edward Starr Awards)
  • training and development of skills
  • connections and mentoring

Two of their Champions, Sophie R. and Sophie S. entered a Singing Class at Springboard Brighton & Hove Performing Arts Festival in 2018, supported by Rotary in Brighton Hove.

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust was established in 1958 by Lady Munster to help young musicians achieve their full potential towards securing careers as performers.  To this end the Trustees are happy to accept applications for:

1.  Postgraduate Study Awards
2. Instrument Purchase Loans
3. The Stephen Oliver Award (for a work which has been or is in the process of being written for music theatre)

More information here.

The Pebble Trust

The Pebble Trust was set up in 2009. Since then, it has made donations to numerous organisations across Brighton & Hove. It has also launched the Pebble Trust Talent Grants scheme, which provides financial assistance to local young people, enabling them to develop exceptional talent.

They give grants of up to £500 to young people so that they can develop a particular talent. This could be in sport, music, the performing arts or academia.

More information here.