Youth Music – The Incubator Fund and The Blueprint for the Future report


Paul Mc here. We have worked with Youth Music for many years and this new research and Fund are positive steps in helping young people with a career in the music industries (in the widest sense). I joined a live webinar last week where young people talked about the problems they face in understanding what is available and who to talk to and the barriers they often encounter. The Report below is well worth a read and the Fund is naturally worth considering!

Today, we bring you 2 exciting new initiatives from Youth Music; the national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances. The first is The Incubator Fund – Grants of £5,000 to £30,000 are available to businesses like yours to allow 18-25 year olds the opportunity to deliver their own projects and receive support from your organisation through incubation, training, mentoring and networking.

The second is a new report: Blueprint for the Future, which aims to better understand and explore the varied experiences of those trying to build a sustainable career in music. Who is succeeding and who isn’t? How and why? What are education and industry doing about it? How are young people managing to navigate their way around barriers? What can we learn from them, and how can we bring about more systemic change?

The Incubator Fund – Grants of £5,000 to £30,000 are available to businesses, collectives, and not-for-profits working in the music industries.

The focus of the fund is on the mutual benefit gained from bringing fresh thinking, creative and entrepreneurial new talent into your workplace or network, while giving 18-25s the opportunity to deliver their own projects and receive support from your organisation through incubation, training, mentoring and networking.

Companies, collectives, sole traders and not-for-profits in the music industries across the UK are eligible to apply. Youth Music are particularly interested in micro-businesses (between 1-9 employees) and small-scale enterprises (10-49 employees); or groups of these working together as partners (consortiums).

The fund is designed to:

  • help open up access to sustainable careers in music for people aged 18-25, particularly those who are underrepresented;
  • and to support creative employers to innovate and incubate new and diverse talent.

Find out more & apply at these links:

A Blueprint for the Future -A new generation ready to transform the music industries

This report features the voices of 1,300 young people with plans to begin careers in the music industry. It showcases how, despite the overwhelming tenacity, determination, and entrepreneurial spirit in young people, current routes for them to move from education to employment are not fit for purpose.

With barriers often intersecting and issues magnified by the coronavirus lockdown, the report warns that thousands of young people are currently being driven out of the sector they love, or forced to go it alone outside the system.

A Blueprint for the Future sets out a positive vision for change that’s centred on the power of supporting and cultivating young creatives across the music industry.

Download the report