The charity Youth Music has launched a new £2 million Incubator Fund, offering grants of up to £30,000 over two years to employers in the music industry to support the career development of young creatives aged 18-25.
The new fund is expected to run over at least the next 2 years and is designed to help music industry organisations, particularly micro-businesses and SMEs, to harness the skills and creativity of diverse young talent.
Youth Music is inviting employers with interesting ideas on how to incorporate young people into their business, to work with them in partnership to offer sustainable and meaningful career and development pathways.
The fund is available to people in England, Scotland, and Wales and has been made possible by support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Alongside the Incubator Fund, Youth Music has also launched a campaign to help pave the way for an alternative future for the music industry with improved diversity.
In its new report, “A Blueprint for the Future”, the charity sets out a plan centred on cultivating the talent, energy, and passion of young people and calls on the industry to follow suit to tackle longstanding inequalities, which have been brought into sharp focus by the Black Lives Matter movement and the coronavirus pandemic.