With the 5 February deadline looming, Youth Music is urging music organisations to get applications in for the Incubator Fund, which is offering grants of up to £30,000.
Supported by YouTube and the Postcode Lottery, the grants are aimed at developing the industry expertise, digital skills and the long-term prospects of creative people between the ages of 18 and 25. The grants will be given to organisations, particularly micro-businesses and SMEs, with interesting ideas on how to incorporate young people in a meaningful, productive way to open career paths.
At a time when creative jobs are scarce, and money even more so, these grants are a golden opportunity for growing music businesses to invest in new talent and expand their own horizons.
The Arts Council-funded charity, Youth Music, allied with YouTube and the Postcode Lottery to establish the Incubator Fund in response to its report, ‘A Blueprint For The Future’, which exposed serious barriers to young people trying to enter the music industry.
In addition to grants of between £5000 and £30,000, YouTube is offering digital masterclasses, one-to-one mentoring and investment to more than 60 music organisations over this year.