Scottish Youth Music Network


We are a new network of out-of-school youth music projects, tutors and practitioners across Scotland. We want to create more opportunities for people working in this field to meet each other, share practice, and develop new projects and collaborations together.  

As part of this network, the Youth Music Initiative have funded 100 bursaries for people to visit other projects around the country, and we will be organising online meet-ups and training sessions too. If you are a freelance musician or tutor for an out-of-school youth music project, or if you organise or run a youth music project or organisation, we would love to hear from you.   

Click here to see some of the music groups and organisations involved so far.

It is free to join the network and apply for a bursary to visit another organisation – see below for eligibility and more information.


  • The network and travel bursaries are open to people working in ‘out-of-school’ youth music projects in a variety of community settings. 
  • They are not eligible to practitioners whose work comprises solely of 1 to 1 private tuition.
  • We are keen to encourage a wide mix of genres and creative approaches, and to support small organisations and local community groups and musicians working in this area.  
  • We are also keen to encourage people and groups from all around Scotland.
  • Some examples could include youth rock bands, jazz bands, songwriting, rap, music production, street bands, brass bands, choirs, traditional music, DJ-ing and more – and you could be offering music to young people in local youth clubs, community centres, music venues, social care settings, hospitals or other community-based settings.

Bursaries for visiting other organisations:

  • The bursaries cover £75 + travel costs for you to visit another project or organisation.  
  • If you run a youth music group, you can also become a ‘host’ organisation/project, with a bursary of £75 if you host a visitor at your music project.
  • There are 100 bursaries available from this round of funding.  
  • If you apply for a bursary and are eligible for this, we will contact the groups that you would like to visit, and put you in touch with your ‘host’ organisation or music group.
  • The next step will be to meet with them online, so you can find out more about each other’s work, and find the best project and time for an ‘in-person’ visit.
  • Once you have finished the visit or exchange, you will organise another online meeting with your host to check in with them and share any thoughts, learning or general reflections about the exchange.  We ask that you summarise some of this feedback in either a short feedback form or video.  We’ll try to collate some of the learning and feedback from everyone to share with others, and guide what the network does going forward.
  • Lastly, we ask that you attend at least one of the online sessions for the network so you can meet others who are taking part in the programme with you.  
  • Note: if you are travelling to or from any of the islands, or places which have additional travel considerations and costs, we will try to find a way to support this – especially for smaller organisations, unfunded groups and freelance practitioners.  We hope that funded organisations who are keen to develop these exchanges will be able to cover these extra costs themselves.
  • You can apply for a bursary to visit another organisation here.

How to Apply:

  • To Apply to join the network and/or for a bursary to visit another project, please fill out this short application form.  


  • Please contact us at if you have any questions.