Creative Scotland Youth Music Initiative

Financial assistance available to individual musicians, music facilitators, music groups and youth organisations in Scotland for professional development and training activities that will extend and improve music making activities for children and young people.

There are three strands to this funding programme:

School Based Music Making

This is a managed fund for Scotland's 32 local authorities with £8 million being distributed based on a Scottish Government formula – formula funding. Activity supported through this route will commence at the beginning of the academic year.

Access to Music Making

To create access to high quality music making opportunities for young people aged 0-25 years outside of school time.

In 2015/16 at least £1.6 million was available for Access to Music Making through both open and managed application routes.

  • Open funding applications can apply for between £1,000-£40,000.
  • Targeted funding applications will be invited by Creative Scotland for between £1,000-£100,000.

This funding route is closed to organisations.

Strengthening Youth Music

To support individuals, organisations and networks to undertake strategic action or training that will strengthen the youth music sector in Scotland for the benefit of young people. In 2014/15 £200,000 is available for Strengthening Youth Music with support being made available through both open and managed applications to meet the objectives and outcomes of the programme.

  • Both Open and Managed funding applications can apply for between £1,000-£20,000. Managed applications will be invited by Creative Scotland.

This funding route is currently closed to organisations.