Future Talent’s Young Musicians Development Programme offers financial support and development opportunities to young musicians; instrumentalists and singers from ANY genre of music, based anywhere in the UK, from challenging circumstances. This is typically families who have a household income of £30,500 per year, or less, before tax (incl. benefits). Any young musicians on free school dinners would be eligible for one of our Awards.
Financial support, between £200 and £3,000, can be used on anything that will help nurture a young musician’s talent. For example, funds can be used for lessons, a new instrument or case, courses, maintenance or sheet music.
The Programme runs in line with the academic year and aims to offer each musician:
- Financial support of up to £1,000 per year.
- Individual music and career advice from Future Talent’s Relationship Manager.
- Mentoring sessions with a music professional relevant to the young musician’s instrument, genre or musical interests.
- Opportunities to perform with the Future Talent Orchestra or another musical ensemble.
- Performance opportunities in Future Talent Masterclasses.
- An invitation to participate in a confidence and body language workshop.
Our aim is to give talented young musicians an equal chance to enter a musical career, who otherwise might not have the opportunity due to lack of funds or experience. Future Talent’s Fledgling Awards are also offered to young musicians showing great promise at the beginning of their musical education, but who may have to give up music entirely due to financial constraints.
We do not have a specific grade requirement or level that needs to be reached, but rather we take into consideration the need, talent and potential of each young musician. Some examples of the musicians we support:
- A year 5 or 6 continuer, who has gone through wider opportunities, and has managed to reach grade 2 standard by the end of primary school, but whose parents cannot afford to carry on with lessons.
- A 13 year old who has been learning for a few years and is progressing really quickly, who would really benefit from taking part in an ensemble/orchestral course, or who needs some more support with costs.
- A 16/17 year old, grade 7/8 musician who is planning to study music in higher education and needs their own instrument or extra lessons.
Future Talent is now accepting applications for its 2018/19 Young Musicians Development Programme, and the closing date is 12 noon on Monday 11 June 2018.
Further details about the Young Musicians Development Programme and how to apply can be found on our website: futuretalent.org. Here you can download our application guidelines, application form and financial declaration.
If you think any of your students would benefit from more financial support or further experiences with other musicians, then please do encourage them to apply now as we welcome all applications. If you or your pupils have any questions then we would be more than happy to help. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone on 0203 457 1310.