The Mayor’s Fund for Young Musicians (MFYM) has announced awards worth £400,000 to support thousands of talented young musicians from across London.
From January 100 children will receive funding in the first round of the Mayor’s Music Scholarships programme. The scholarships have been awarded to children aged 7-11 who show outstanding potential and commitment to learning an instrument but whose families struggle to pay for lessons.
They will benefit from weekly tuition, membership of ensembles, performance opportunities and a dedicated mentor. Scholars will also take part in special events with MFYM patrons, including trumpet virtuoso Alison Balsom and beat-boxer Shlomo.
In addition, MFYM is awarding £100,000 to fund six Music Partnerships. Thousands of 7-18 year-olds will get inspirational opportunities to learn and perform with London’s top professional musicians. The six partnerships will bring together 19 borough music services, six professional music groups including London’s world-class orchestras, and music college students.
MFYM has been working with London’s 32 borough music services, plus their local schools and partners, to identify these talented children. From January there will be approximately three scholars in every borough. This figure will increase year on year.