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Youth Music launches £1.75m Recharge Fund for music projects

UK charity Youth Music has launched its latest fund aimed at young people and the music projects supporting them.

The Youth Music Recharge Fund has £1.75m to share out between around 40 music organisations across the UK as grants of up to £30k a year for three years.

Organisations using music for projects with young people will be able to spend the grants on salaries, communications, operations, digital development and strategy, training and other costs.

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Reshape Music report outlines challenges for disabled musicians

UK charity Youth Music has published a new report, Reshape Music, which explores the challenges facing disabled musicians ‘in education and beyond’. It’s the result of interviews with hundreds of musicians, music educators and retailers.

“Disabled people make up over a fifth of the population and yet they are hugely under-represented in the music industry and in music education,” is the key problem tackled by the report, with Youth Music keen for its findings to inform policy in the UK to change that.

The challenges outlined range from finding and buying the right instrument, to accessing music lessons and getting opportunities to perform.

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Youth Music launches £2m Incubator Fund for 18-25 year-olds

British charity Youth Music is launching a £2m ‘Incubator Fund’ that aims to help 18-25 year-olds – particularly those from under-represented groups – get into the music business.

The fund itself is for music companies, offering grants of between £5k and £30k to spend on wages and support for these young people. Youth Music is especially interested in ‘micro’ enterprises and small companies with up to 49 employees.

The fund will be open to companies, not-for-profit organisations and collectives working in the music industries – the charity is using that plural in its application guidance to stress that it’s not just talking about labels and recorded music.