Youth Music has called on the music business to ‘collectively catalyse a powerful movement to improve children and young people’s access to the full making, learning and earning lifecycle of music.’
Through 2022, Youth Music’s NextGen Fund has channelled £245,000 from TikTok and People’s Postcode Lottery players to 103 talented young people who seek careers in the music industry but have neither the resources nor contacts to progress.
Youth Music’s research indicates that the cost-of-living crisis means many young people are having to prioritise their basic needs over career aspirations, denying them and the music industry future opportunities.
But as the latest funding rounds closed earlier this month, Youth Music CEO, Matt Griffiths is putting the call out to the music industry to invest in the future. ‘We’re delighted that Youth Music’s NextGen Fund has been able to nurture many talented young creatives and help turn their ideas and ambitions into reality.
‘This generation possesses pioneering ideas that will help transform the music industries for the better. But without support, many do not have the financial means to access the industry and gain the skills they need to ensure sustained careers.’