The second round of applications for Youth Music’s £2m Incubator Fund – supported by YouTube and players of the People’s Postcode Lottery – has opened!

Under the Incubator Fund, grants of £5,000 to £30,000 are available for businesses, collectives, and not-for-profits working in the music industries to create access and placements for young people aged 18 – 25.

With new support from YouTube, the collaboration will also provide industry expertise to emerging organisations in the creative fields.

Round 2 of the fund follows on from a successful first round which enabled Ezra Collective to train Black women in sound engineering, No Signal Radio to launch a three-month industry training programme and Noods Radio to create a label assistant role with the funding.

Over the next 12 months, more than sixty organisations will participate in YouTube Masterclasses and one-to-one mentoring, including the 31 organisations which successfully secured investment in round one of Youth Music’s Incubator Fund.

Speaking on the fund, Matt Griffiths, CEO of Youth Music, said: “We see again and again at Youth Music how young people are finding ingenious ways to navigate their way into the music industries. Nevertheless, their progress is all too often blocked due to entrenched inequalities in the music industries.

“We are addressing this with our Incubator Fund, and it’s great to be collaborating with YouTube to increase the impact and support to a range of diverse organisations and young people.”

Applications for the Incubator Fund are open from December 17 until February 5th 2021.

Click here for more information on the fund.