Meet the grant provider

curriculum activities that could be supported through Department for Education funding, whole class instrumental tuition or peripatetic music lessons. This criteria is specific to Key

Stage 1 and above and does not apply to nurseries and children’s centres attached to schools, projects that work with Early Years groups or projects that take place in special schools or PRUs.


What is the grant application process like? What makes a

successful application? A The application process is

slightly different depending

on the grant applied for. For Fund A there is a one-stage online

application process, with three application deadlines per year. You will hear the outcome of your decision around three months after the application deadline. Projects are required to set and work towards achieving three outcomes – these can be musical, personal, social, workforce or organisational. The next deadline is 5 April. For Fund B there is a two-stage

online application process, with application deadlines twice a year. If you are successful, the whole process takes around six months. The next deadline for stage one is 17 May. More upcoming fund application

deadlines can be found at application-deadlines.


Pioneering partnerships Exchanging Notes is a four-year action

research programme pioneering new partnerships between schools and music education providers who normally work in out-of-school settings. Each project works with young people at risk of low attainment, disengagement or educational exclusion, helping them achieve the best musical, educational and wider outcomes through taking part in regular music-making activities. As part of the programme,

Southampton-based community music organisation SoCo Music is running a project pairing specialist music leaders up with two local schools. Rosewood Free School, which caters for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), has been working with SoCo for three years. The project uses a mix of one-to-one music-making sessions, led by SoCo’s specialist music leader and supported by teaching staff, and group sessions with the whole class led by Rosewood’s teachers using the new skills they’ve learned. The project has had a hugely positive impact on teaching and learning for the school’s staff, SoCo music leaders and students.

Grant success Essex Music Educational Hub realised

that opportunities for music-making in the county’s special schools were limited. The hub was successful in

applying for Youth Music funding and received a three-year grant. The project involved 2,000 pupils from 25 schools. Each school was paired with a county music tutor and specialist in delivering music in SEND settings. For 10 weeks, the musicians led music-making activities in the school, supporting and working alongside the classroom teachers, giving them the skills to continue once the sessions ended. The long-term impact has been successful partnerships, a highly skilled and confident workforce, and greater musical opportunities, achievement and enjoyment for young people.

Nationwide roll-out With the help of Youth Music, Charanga

( has developed a set of SEND-focused online resources, including listening, composing and performing exercises, and fully adaptable lesson plans. All schools across Essex, Southend and Thurrock, including mainstream schools, now have free access to these resources, subsidised by their Music Education Hub. Charanga has been able to take this and share it through the Charanga cloud- based learning platform used by over 100 Music Education Hubs nationwide. Already, more than 7,000 schools across the country can access the new teaching resources, and there are plans to expand the scheme even further.

Is there a follow-up process for those who are successful?

A Successful applicants will receive an email containing

Youth Music’s grant offer. Youth Music is also likely to make a number of recommendations at this stage, which may involve returning the application form to applicants to make changes before issuing a funding agreement. Before the first payment can be released, applicants are expected to satisfactorily address a number of initial grant requirements. Successful applicants should visit

the ‘I am funded’ section of the Youth Music Network, where a full guide to accepting the grant offer and completing your initial grant requirements can be found.


Does Youth Music run any other projects for schools?

A The Youth Music Network (

is a free-to-join online community for everyone whose work involves making music with children and young people. The Youth Music Network is a place for music leaders, youth workers, music teachers and project staff to share opinions and experiences, learn from others, make connections, find work and develop their skills.

For more information on Youth Music funding go to network.youthmusic.

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