We believe that no young person should be prevented from taking part in NYCGB because of financial barriers. 

Through the kind support of numerous funders and donors we offer a banded range of Financial Assistance Awards to support qualifying indviduals with audition, membership and course fees, and associated travel. 

What financial assistance is available?

We have two separate financial assistance funds.

1. For children, young people, and young adults who are financially dependent.

2. For young adults who are financially independent (typically this status will only apply to National Youth Choir members)

To check whether you are financially dependent or independent, click below.


1. For financially dependent beneficiaries

A) We offer free auditions and full auditions travel expenses to dependants who receive Free School Meals in the UK.

B) We offer banded Basic Awards for auditions, membership, courses and related travel expenses to all dependants based on the gross joint income of their parent(s) or guardian(s).


C) As factors other than income can affect financial ability to participate we also make Additional Awards, rising to 100% in exceptional circumstances. We consider factors including annual family expenditure, number of dependants and associated costs, and other family-specific circumstances. Additional Awards are made at the discretion of the NYCGB Financial Assistance Awards Panel.

D) Recipients of Basic and Additional Awards also receive travel expenses in the same proportion as their award.

2. For independent beneficiaries

A) We have a separate fund specifically for independent members of the National Youth Choir. There is a fixed number of awards on offer, equivalent to 50%, 75% and 100% of the National Youth Choir's Annual Programme Fee. Awards are based on applicants' gross income in the first instance. We also take other factors into consideration, including a personal statement.

B) Recipients of awards also receive travel expenses in the same proportion as their award.

How to apply

When the application process has opened for your relevant choir, please click here to apply. 

Need help?

If you have any questions about any of the information on this page, or want further information, please feel free to contact your choirs administrator or general manager Mark Anyan on 0191 383 7356 or at [email protected]