Eleanor Philpot

Awards for Young Musicians announces the recipients of its 2019 scholarship programme

12:02, 18th June 2019

The charity is continuing to do important work when it comes to inspiring the performers and songwriters of tomorrow, whatever their chosen genre or household income.

Through its array of award programmes and scholarships, such as the Robert Lewin Scholarships, Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) has been able to help many gifted young musicians from low income backgrounds, offering a total of £100,000 in grants each year.

The charity has just announced the winners of its 2019 programme, which includes 145 lucky young talents, who will each receive a grant ranging from £100 to £2,000. Tailored to each recipient’s individual needs, the money will help to cover any essential costs including tuition, instruments, travel, mentoring and workshops. Becoming a recipient also means the young artist will be invited to perform themselves, by being given the opportunity to attend live music events.

Simon Rattle, AYM’s first patron explains the socio-political benefits of the charity’s work: ‘Every child deserves the chance to make the most of their potential in life. The barriers are high if a family is struggling financially and if life is challenging in other ways too. AYM makes a musical life possible for everyone, no matter where they come from.’

AYM alumni and award-winning saxophonist, Jess Gillam adds: ‘AYM’s practical support and their belief in me throughout my teenage years was invaluable and I would have struggled to get to where I am without it. Music has the power to transform lives and AYM recognise that.’

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