Applications are now OPEN!

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Please note: the deadline for application submissions is 1200hrs on 5 June 2019.

Thinking of applying?

Read on for more information about:

- The application process and auditions
- What the Young Musicians Development Programme offers to Future Talent musicians
- Information about Future Talent's financial Awards, including what they can and can't be used for


Applications for 2019/20 Awards will be open 5 April – 5 June 2019.


Future Talent cannot consider an application for an Award if:

- The applicant is 18 years old on or before 31 August 2019

- The applicant’s parents/guardians combined annual income exceeds £30,500 - this includes benefits and savings



In summary, the application will require information on the following:

- Musical experience

- Household finances

- How the applicant would benefit from being supported by Future Talent


Applicants must also provide recordings of two pieces or excerpts to support their application. Please note:

- Audio recordings must be submitted as mp3 or mp4 file types, or as private YouTube links.

- Audio-visual recordings must be submitted as private YouTube links.

- The pieces/excerpts may be one or two separate recordings, and their duration must not exceed 4 minutes in total.

- Pieces/excerpts may be either solo or accompanied by one instrument. Ensemble recordings are not accepted.


Following the application deadline, we will contact all applicants, regardless of outcome, by 31 July.



Successful applicants will be invited to audition. There will be three audition days:

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester – 1 September 2019

Royal Academy of Music, London – 8 September 2019

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff – 21 September 2019

Applicants need only attend one audition day.


Applicants should prepare two contrasting pieces for their audition.

At least one of these must differ from the recordings provided as part of the application.


- We offer to provide piano accompaniment.

- Applicants may arrange their own accompanist if preferred.

- Equipment (e.g. drum kit, microphone, amplifier etc.) can be provided upon request.

- Auditions will last approximately 10 minutes, and will include the applicant playing both of their pieces as well as having a chat with the panel

- The audition panel will consist of Future Talent staff and associated professional musicians.

- The panel may choose to hear the whole piece, or stop the applicant midway through playing. Please be aware that this does not reflect the panel’s thoughts on the performance or their decision.

Results & post-audition

Following the auditions, we will contact all applicants, regardless of outcome, as soon as possible, but this may take a couple of weeks.

Successful applicants will be able to make use of their financial Award thereafter.


For unsuccessful applicants, we offer to cover expenses of travelling to and from auditions.

We offer to cover:

- Car travel at a rate of £0.35p per mile

- Train tickets and public transport costs (proof of purchase required – eg. Tickets, receipts or confirmation emails)


Please note: Future Talent will cover the above costs up to the following amounts only:

- Under 25 miles travelled – not covered

- 25-50 miles travelled – up to £25

- 50-100 miles travelled – up to £50

- 100-250 miles travelled – up to £75

- 250+ miles travelled – up to £100

Future Talent's Young Musicians Development Programme

The Programme runs in line with the academic year and aims to offer each musician:

Advice and support from Future Talent’s Relationship Manager

Mentoring from a professional, relevant to the musician’s instrument or musical interests

Performance opportunities with orchestras and other ensembles

Masterclasses and workshops with professional musicians

Financial awards

As well as the support and opportunities above, musicians receive a financial award. The different awards are outlined below.

Worsley Award

£1000 per year for three years

Recipients must be under 16 on 1 September 2019.

Robinson Award

£1000 for one year

Recipients must be aged 16-17 on 1 September 2019. Musicians can receive this award more than once.

Liz and Terry Bramall Scholarship

£2000 per year until the recipient is 18 years old

Recipients must be under 18 on 1 September 2019 and must reside permanently in Yorkshire or the North West of England.

Coombs Scholarship

£2000 per year for two years

Awarded to one musician every two years. The recipient must be under 17 on 1 September 2019.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to perform in a concert where the winner will be selected by a panel of judges.

Fledgling Award

Amounts awarded vary and are determined based on need and intended usage

Separate from the Young Musicians Development Programme, this award is tailored for musicians aged 8-12 in earlier stages of musical development who currently attend a junior programme at a UK Conservatoire.

Awards can contribute towards musical expenses such as:

• Music lessons

• Instrument purchase or hire

• Ensembles membership fees

• Junior Conservatoire fees

• Residential training course fees

• Graded music exam fees

Awards cannot be put towards the costs of any of the following:

• Travel and accommodation

• Anything that took place prior to the award being given

• Means-tested fees at music specialist schools