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November’s Youth Music Awards was a truly inspiring evening for the Music Ally team, as we heard about some of the projects the UK charity is funding to support young people’s music ambitions.

Now Youth Music has £8.9m more to assign to projects with its two new funds: Trailblazer and Catalyser. The former will offer grants of between £2k and £30k to projects tackling barriers to music access faced by children and young people, while the latter will offer bigger grants of £30k-£300k to organisations trying to scale up larger projects for the longer term.

Youth Music says it has also changed its application processes to make them more streamlined and easier for applicants. “We’re now seeing an unprecedented demand from creative organisations who often provide a lifeline to the young people they work with, but struggle for vital funding,” said programme director Carol Reid. “By simplifying our application process, in consultation with the people we’re there to support, we can help equalise access to funding.”

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