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23Jan

Youth Music Programme Grants

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Grants are available to a range of organisations for music projects in England that increase the number of children and young people across England who have the opportunity to take part in high-quality musical activities, particularly those who are experiencing challenging circumstances and who face barriers to music making.

Fund Information

Funding body:

The National Foundation for Youth Music

Maximum value:

£ 200,000

Application deadline:

05/04/2019

Background

Youth Music (National Foundation for Youth Music) is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee established in 1999, which is supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of England.  It was set up to create substantial musical opportunities for children and young people and to support training for music leaders.  The Foundation aims to promote and develop 'life-changing' music-making activities for children and young people up to the age of 25 in challenging circumstances throughout England.

Objectives of Fund

Youth Music’s vision is that 'life-changing' music-making is available to all children and young people. It offers funding to charitable and non-profit organisations in the UK with the aim of supporting:

  • Developmental music-making projects for children and young people (up to the age of 25) resident in England, who face barriers to music-making as a result of the circumstances they are in.

  • Strategic work supporting the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider sector to ensure that high-quality sustained music-making opportunities exist for young people.

The Foundation currently offers two levels of funding:

  • Fund A - smaller grants for high-quality projects that will help to achieve the Foundation's vision for a musically inclusive England.

  • Fund B - medium-sized grants for high-quality, sustained projects that expand and embed musically inclusive practice within and beyond the applicant's organisation.

Value Notes

The following funds are currently available:

  • Fund A - grants of between £2,000 and £30,000 are available for between six and 24 months.

  • Fund B - grants of £30,001 to £100,000 are available for between 18 and 36 months; grants of £100,001 to £150,000 are available for between 24 and 36 months. (Grants of £150,001 to £200,000 for 36 months are available in exceptional circumstances for cross-regional or national strategic programmes).

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is required at the following rates:

  • Grants of £2,000 to £30,000: 10% (at least 5% must be cash match funding).

  • Grants of £30,001 to £100,000: 15% (at least 7.5% must be cash match funding).

  • Grants of £100,001 to £150,000: 25% (at least 10% must be cash match funding).

  • Grants of £150,001 to £200,000: 30% (at least 15% must be cash match funding).

Who Can Apply

To be eligible for funding, organisations must meet the following criteria:

  • Be based in the UK.

  • Be delivering projects in England for participants resident in England.

  • Be registered charities or not-for-profit organisations such as Companies Limited by Guarantee or constituted community groups. Companies limited by shares are only eligible to apply if the grant is treated as restricted and will not make profit for the organisation.

  • Have been legally constituted and providing activity for a minimum of one year.

  • Be able to supply the most recent set of accounts, which are no more than 18 months old.

  • Have an Equal Opportunities Policy and a Child Protection Policy in place.

  • Have Employers’ and Public Liability Insurance in place, and comply with all statutory laws and regulations relating to the work proposed.

  • Are up-to-date with all current grant management and reporting requirements if they are an existing Youth Music grantholder.

  • Will pay people the real Living Wage with any Youth Music grant received.

Schools are eligible to apply for projects that have a significant element of innovative partnership working, benefits to the wider community and include activities that take place out of school time.

Consideration will be given to applications from Music-Education-Hub lead organisations for activities that have significant elements of innovative partnership working, demonstrate musically inclusive practice and a significant legacy within and beyond the Hub.

Location

England

Restrictions

Funding is not available for the following:

  • Individuals.

  • Sole traders.

  • Profit-making projects.

  • Activities that do not benefit people in England or do not take place mainly in England.

  • Activities that promote party political or religious beliefs.

  • Activities that have already taken place before any confirmation of grant award is received.

  • Costs incurred in making the application.

  • Significant capital costs (over 10%).

  • Reserves, loans or interest payments.

  • VAT costs that can be recovered.

  • Art forms that are not related to music (Cross-arts projects can seek match-funding to cover the non-music elements of the project.)

  • Activities that other statutory bodies would be expected to fund.

  • Projects that are unable to demonstrate that they can achieve the minimum match funding requirements.

  • Projects proposing to use Arts Council or National Lottery funding as their minimum match funding requirement.

  • GCSE Music or A Level Music.

  • Schools-based projects for music curriculum activities that could be supported through Department for Education funding.

  • Schools-based projects for whole class instrumental tuition.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available towards funds revenue costs (eg project delivery) for the following:

  • Developmental music-making projects for children and young people - music-making activity that achieves personal, social and musical outcomes for children and young people in challenging circumstances. Projects must be working with children and young people who live in England aged up to 25 years including children in their early years (0-5 years).

  • Strategic work to support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider sector - support for projects that achieve positive outcomes for organisations and the workforce to ensure that high-quality sustained and progressive music-making opportunities exist for young people.

Project activities are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Youth voice and participation

    • Fund A - projects should have young people as active participants in planning the project activities.

    • Fund B - projects should have young people as active participants in planning the project activities and must include at least one young person (aged 25 or under) in the Project Team.

  • Progression

    • Fund A - applicants are encouraged to consider the use of Arts Award or other suitable accreditation when planning music-making projects; must demonstrate how the work will support progression environments for children and young people for strategic projects.

    • Fund B - music-making projects should support young people’s progression through individual learning plans, and provision of information, advice and guidance and embed accreditation frameworks within the delivery structures; strategic projects must demonstrate how the work will support progression environments for children and young people.

  • Sharing practice

    • Fund A - Grantholders are expected to actively engage with the Youth Music Network, eg by posting articles, music or video content or engaging in discussions.

    • Fund B - Grantholders are expected to actively engage with the Youth Music Network, eg by posting articles, music or video content or engaging in discussions. Projects should influence musically inclusive practice beyond the applicant organisation.

  • Quality

    • Fund A & B - Projects are expected to include mechanisms for reflecting on and improving the quality of the funded music-making activity. This should include use of Youth Music’s quality framework and reflecting on progress towards the project's specified outcomes.

  • Workforce Development

    • Fund A - Projects are encouraged to offer training and professional development activities to their staff.

    • Fund B - Projects should offer training and professional development activities to their staff (including administrative staff).

  • Working in partnership

    • Fund A - Projects are encouraged to work with appropriate partner organisations.

    • Fund B - Projects should involve a range of partners who make a clear contribution to the work.

  • Sustainability

    • Fund A - Projects are encouraged to consider how the work will be sustained beyond the life of the Youth Music grant.

    • Fund B - When the project finishes, it should leave the organisation and the musical landscape in that area stronger in relation to Youth Music’s goal to create a musically inclusive England.

Priorities for funding are as follows:

  • Early years - children aged 0-5 who face barriers to accessing music-making as a result of their circumstances or where they live.

  • Special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEN/D) - This includes children and young people who have:

    • Moderate to profound and multiple learning difficulties.

    • Sensory impairments.

    • A disability.

  • Not in education, employment or training - young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or who are at risk of becoming NEET due to circumstances affecting their educational engagement. This includes children and young people who:

    • Are aged 16 - 24 and not in education, employment or training.

    • Experience disruption in their education due to family related difficulties (eg young people who attend a PRU, are looked after, are young carers, or are suffering from neglect or domestic violence).

    • Experience disruption in their education due to issues around transience (eg young people who are travellers, asylum seekers, refugees, or who have English as an additional language).

  • Youth justice - children and young people who are, have been, or are at risk of being in contact with the youth justice system. This includes children and young people who:

    • Are in or leaving young offending institutions.

    • Are in contact with a Youth Offending Team.

    • Are at risk of offending as a result of emotional and behavioural difficulties (eg drug and alcohol misuse, involvement in gangs).

  • Coldspots - projects for children and young people who face barriers to accessing diverse music-making opportunities as a direct result of where or who they are. This may be as a result of:

    • Living in an area of high deprivation, and/or a geographically isolated area.

    • Low cultural activity, engagement, investment or infrastructure in their area.

    • Demographic factors, such as gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, cultural practice or age.

    • Lack of opportunities in their preferred genre or musical practice, and lack of progression opportunities.

    • Physical or mental ill health resulting in temporary or long-term contact with a hospital or other healthcare setting.

All projects are required to work towards achieving outcomes in some or all of the following areas:

  • Musical - relating to any aspect of musical development: this can include people’s musical skills, knowledge and abilities.

  • Personal - relating to any aspect of personal development: this can include people’s skills, knowledge and abilities.

  • Social - relating to changes in a person or group of people that can have broader benefits for people and society beyond the individual.

  • Workforce - relating to the skills, knowledge and personal development of the workforce employed on a project.

  • Organisational - referring to either the applicant's own or another organisation and are to do with how well-equipped organisations are to help children and young people to develop in and through music, and to support the broader youth music sector.

Fund A projects are required to set and work towards achieving three outcomes, from any of the outcome areas.

Fund B projects are required to work towards achieving five outcomes, from any of the outcome areas. (Projects applying for funding in excess of £150,001 are required to work towards five outcomes, across all five outcome areas.)

How To Apply

The 2019 deadlines are:

  • Fund A - 5 April, 2 August, 6 December 2019 (5pm).

  • Fund B (Stage 1) - 17 May, 8 November 2019 (5pm).

Applications to Fund A are accepted three times a year. Applications to Fund B are accepted biannually and there is a two-stage application process.

The application forms for Fund A and Fund B are available to complete online at the Youth Music website. Successful applicants will be notified around three months from application deadline (Fund A) or around six months of stage one application deadline (Fund B).

Youth Music's Fund C is closed to applications until further notice.


Useful documents & links

Useful Links


Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    The National Foundation for Youth Music
    Suites 3-5 Swan Court
    9 Tanner Street
    London
    SE1 3LE
    Tel: 0207 902 1060
    Email: [email protected]

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