“I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others.” – James Taylor
Reaching out is more challenging than it sounds. But, thankfully, many excellent UK organisations are there FOR YOU! They are there to offer advice, support and even funding to help make your dreams come true. And yes, the process may be long, but at the end of it, more of the world will hear your voice.
Please note that we don’t have a connection with the organisations mentioned; we just wanted to make it easier for you to see which would fit your needs.
Youth Music is a national charity funded thanks to the National Lottery via Arts Council England, players of People's Postcode Lottery and support from partners, fundraisers, and donors.
Thanks to additional funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery, the organisation has been able to launch the Incubator Fund to support young people and music businesses and extend the funding to include Wales and Scotland.
Youth Music funding is made available through a grant’s applications process, with several funding rounds each year.
SMIA – The Scottish Music Industry Association
The Scottish Music Industry Association receives regular funding from CREATIVE SCOTLAND, the public body that supports the arts, screen, and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works, or visits here.
Creative Scotland distribute funding from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.
Scottish Music Centre - Glasgow
The Scottish Music Centre is a nationally and internationally recognised organisation at the heart of the Scotland’s music industry. Based in Glasgow's City Halls, they are active across all music genres and engage with creative people of all ages and abilities.
Drake Music Scotland
Scotland’s leading organisation creating music making opportunities for children and adults with disabilities and additional support needs.
Music For All
Music for All is dedicated to changing lives across the UK by improving access to music making. The organisation is a passionate, focused, and ambitious UK charity helping disadvantaged music makers experience the joys and far-reaching benefits of making music.
Music for All receives no government funding but attracts donations from the general public and the generous support of organisations within the musical instrument and associated industries.
Based in Dingwall, Fèis Rois is widely recognised as a national leader in the arts, particularly in music education. The organisation aims to give young people and lifelong learners the opportunity to experience and engage with traditional music and Gaelic culture in a way that supports them in developing their social skills and inspires them to reach their full potential.
The National Youth Choirs of Scotland
A national champion for choral singing. The team visits schools and educational settings around the UK, all year round. They lead lively and engaging singing workshops for students of all abilities and assist teachers and music education networks with their development through support and partnership.
As a registered charity, they run fundraising schemes and activities to ensure that no young person is prevented from taking part in NYCGB through financial hardship. The team passionately believe that choral singing is for everybody.
Scottish Brass Band Association
An organisation that supports all brass band music events across Scotland.
NYBBS (The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland) is regularly involved with high-profile performance opportunities with engagements including the opening of the Scottish Parliament, the Perth Proms, the Aberdeen International Festival of Youth, and a collaborative project at Celtic Connections in 2013. In 2014 NYBBS performed at the Cumnock Tryst Festival at the invitation of composer, Sir James MacMillian. NYBBS has enjoyed numerous international tours including acclaimed visits to Germany and Japan, showcasing the jewel in the crown of Scotland's young brass and percussion musicians to a global audience.
Help Musicians is a charity for professional musicians of all genres, both in work and in retirement.
The organisation is proud to be able to help at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the support, they need at the crucial stages that could make or break their career.
‘We love music and want a world where musicians thrive.’
We hope you found this list useful, and please let us know here if we’ve missed or feel any other organisations can help musicians.