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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a 2020 Award from AYM young musicians should: 

Be aged 5-17 on 31 August 2020. 
If they are 17 now and will turn 18 before this date then they will not be eligible.

Be living and studying in the UK.
And satisfy certain residency criteria. Residency status - furthering information

Be able to demonstrate exceptional musical talent/potential on their chosen instrument(s) or in their chosen medium (e.g. music production).
AYM support all genres. The young person does not have to be taking part in formal music education (e.g. having regular lessons) but must be able to demonstrate strong technical ability. As part of the application we will ask for a video of the young person performing, or an example of a composition or recorded track (for composers and producers).

Digital instruments, including computers (for producers) are considered instruments.

AYM is not able to support costs directly associated with vocal studies, e.g. singing lessons or choir fees.

Be able to evidence financial need in line with the following guidelines
AYM fundraise continuously in order to be able to provide as many Awards as possible but our funds are limited. In line with our charitable objectives we must prioritise applicants demonstrating the greatest financial need in addition to musical talent. 

Our Awards Programme is means-tested.  Our eligibility threshold is modelled on the lower level threshold employed by the Government's Music and Dance scheme. This looks at the annual, gross, family income of the home in which the young person mainly lives and takes into account the number of dependent children within that household.  The following guidelines may help you decide whether to progress with an application:
  • Your gross annual family income is £30,000 or under: you are likely to be eligible to apply
  • Your gross annual family income is between £30,000 - £40,000: you may be eligible to apply, depending on the number of dependent children within the household
  • Your gross annual family income is above £40,000: it is unlikely that you will be eligible to apply for funding.
For the 2020 round we will make our assessment based on household family income for the period April 2018 to March 2019.