Funded by Art Council England, Music Education Hubs are groups of organisations – such as local authorities, schools, other hubs, art organisations, community or voluntary organisations – working together to create joined-up music education provision, respond to local need and fulfil the objectives as set out in the National Plan for Music Education. Details and contacts for Music Education Hub can be found here



Artswork – South East

Leads and facilitates young people’s engagement with art and culture and supports the development of young arts practitioners and leaders through projects and partnerships, including creating links between cultural, youth and education organisations. Programmes include Creative apprenticeships, Arts Award and Artsmark.

RIO – South West

Extensive experience of social enterprise business models including in cultural and education sectors. RIO creates links between cultural, youth and education settings and offers support, training and consultancy to organisations. Programmes include Arts Award, Artsmark, and developing cultural education plans.



(Also see Jazz Education & Talent Development)

BBC Music Introducing

Scheme to find undiscovered artists through an open call to register music tracks, which may be selected for local radio play, national broadcast opportunities on television and online, as well as the chance to perform at major festivals and showcases.

Music for Youth

Provides young people aged 21 and under across the UK with free, life-changing performance and progression opportunities, regardless of background or musical style, including Music For Youth festivals, Music For Youth Proms and talent development mentoring.

National Centre for Inclusive Excellence

One of the ambitions for the major capital refurbishment of Colston Hall in Bristol, is  to establish the UK’s first National Centre for Inclusive Excellence for young musicians with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO)

A world first orchestra launched in September 2018, enabling some of the UK’s most talented young disabled musicians age 11-25 the opportunity to train and perform in an inclusive ensemble of  disabled and non-disabled young people, playing a mix of acoustic instruments, electronic and accessible instruments like the Clarion, which can be played with the movement of any part of the body including the eyes. NOYO collaborates with cutting-edge composers to create new music for their diverse range of musicians and instruments

National Youth Jazz Collective (NYJC)

Supports the creative & educational needs of young jazz musicians, focusing on small group improvisation within a pathway of progression from beginners to young professionals. Offers include the annual summer school and rolling programme of regional activities.

National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO)

A flagship 24-piece orchestra plus national education programme and junior NYJO Academy.

PRS Foundation – Talent Development Partners

Organisations representing all genres of music across the UK are selected as partners for the quality and range of opportunities they are offering in their region/music specialism and the year-round impact their work is having on the music creators they support.


Its suite of Seriously Talented programmes takes artists across the UK from a crucial place in their early careers, offering practical advice and guidance on how to develop their craft, build their careers and get their music out into the world.

Sound and Music

National charity for new music, particularly supporting composers at all career stages with funding and training opportunities, including includes composer and artist development, and young composer summer school.


(Also see Funding & Grants)

Awards for Young Musicians

Support talented young people from low-income families all across the UK, helping them to overcome financial and social barriers in their musical journeys, through funding for instruments, tuition and opportunities.

Universal Music UK Sound Foundation

Supporting young peoples’ access to music education including funding for individual instruments, and school resources. Website includes an up-to-date source of other funds.

Take it Away

Interest-free loans for musical instruments, equipment, software and tuition, supporting musicians at every level.

Youth Music

Major national charity investing funding grants in music-making projects that help children and young people aged 0-25 to develop personally and socially as well as musically, with a focus on those facing barriers to accessing music-making. The Youth Music Network is a free-to-join online community featuring project case studies and regular newsletters.




Youth Governance Guide created in Partnership with Arts Council England GUIDED BY YOUNG VOICES: How to include young people on your board and in your decision making processes

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