Youth Music Initiative funding now available

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The 2014/15 Youth Music Initiative funding programme is now open for applications. The programme aims to support:


  • provision of high quality music making opportunities particularly for young people that would not normally access music activities;
  • developing a cohesive national infrastructure for the youth music sector;
  • supporting and developing the workforce



The full details f the fund can be found by visiting


One example of the Youth Music INitiative in action is the Play On project by Paragon Music. in this project, young people (5 -18 yrs) with additional support needs in Greater Glasgow learn to play musical instruments, make up their own music in a group and perform. Training is also delivered to instrumental instructors to develop their skills in inclusive teaching methods for young people with additional support needs.


Disabled young people, as a matter of course, are rarely included when it comes to musical instrument provision in Scotland.  This was highlighted in a study by Lio Moscardini, David S. Barron and Alastair Wilson from the University of Strathclyde, Who gets to play? Investigating equity in musical instrument instruction in Scottish Primary Schools. The study also highlights the need for training instrumental instructors in techniques of teaching disabled people.
Paragon has received requests from parents and carers of young people with additional support needs to provide instrumental tuition and music opportunities.  For more information, view the following PDF: Paragon Music Project


A further example of the Youth Music Initiative is the Hands On Demos @ Stiùidio Ostaig project by Hands on Studios. In this particular project, young people aged 13 – 25 years in the Skye and Lochalsh area are recording their first professionally made demo, using the new studio facility at Stiùidio Ostaig.


Access to professional recording opportunities for young people in this area is almost non-existent due to both geographical remoteness and the expenses/practicalities of travel and accommodation, and the continued drain of young people from Skye and Lochalsh to the central belt and the perception that recording and industry opportunities are only, and will only be, available there.


Wide support for the project has been given following discussions with local stakeholders in youth arts provision including Feisean nan Gaidheal, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the local Youth Development Officer, local youth groups and promoters. For more information, view this PDF: Hands On Studios Project


If you have an idea for a funded project and would like to discuss your idea before applying, please contact