Milapfest-AYM Awards for Indian Music

Talented musicians between the age of 5 and 17 may be eligible for financial support towards training, instrument purchase and travel with the Milapfest-AYM Awards for Indian Music.

Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) is a charitable organisation providing tailor made funding, mentoring and other musical/performance opportunities and support to exceptionally talented young musicians from lower income backgrounds living across the UK.

If you are struggling to find the funds to take the next step in your musical journey, then you may be eligible to apply for an Award from the Milapfest-AYM fellowship Award fund, which in 2015 totals £3,750.  There are six Awards available from this fund, which has been specifically reserved for young musicians studying Indian Music.  The average Award made will be between £500 and £750.

Funding from the Milapfest-AYM partnership is flexible and can be used towards:

  • Buying or hiring a musical instrument
  • Music lessons
  • Weekend music schools
  • Music courses
  • Orchestra fees
  • Travel, within the UK or internationally to study


  • Financial need (all applications are means-tested)
  • Exceptional musical talent and potential

Applicants will need to:

  • Show evidence of financial need
  • Have ideally achieved a high mark in your last music exam – or, if you haven’t taken exams, show evidence of this level of ability
  • Be recommended by your music teacher and an organisation, orchestra or group where you play or practise.



Applications are made directly to Awards for Young Musicians.  Please download this step by step guide to completing the application process and please read AYM’s guidance notes carefully before applying.  Further details, along with a downloadable application form, can be found at . Once you have completed the application form and collected your supporting evidence you should email this

You will also need to ask three people to provide a reference for you:

  • Your music teacher
  • The head teacher of your school
  • A leader from a recommending organisation.  This could an orchestra, ensemble or club that you are involved with.

Means-testing : During this process, AYM use income thresholds similar to those of the Music and Dance Scheme ( Ultimately, however, an adjudication panel makes decisions based on which applicants are most talented and most in need of help.

The deadline for receiving applications for 2015 Awards is Friday 13 March 2015.

For more information about the Awards please contact:

Awards for Young Musicians
Phone: 0300 302 0023

Phone: 0151 291 3949