Project information

NYCGB Bursary Programme 2016/17

NYCGB is able to nurture young singers from their very first glimmers of potential. However for many, the first hurdle is a financial one. The NYCGB Bursary Programme is vital in helping us provide a world-class music provision for all young people, regardless of background or financial circumstance

January 2017 - August 2017

Charity information: National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

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  • Need


    For many families, supporting their child’s musical development through NYCGB could not be achieved without additional financial support. For some parents funding their child’s ambition to realise their potential at a national level can equate to between 10-25% of their total annual family income. To support these members in 2016 NYCGB awarded a record 214 bursaries, totalling £126,000 to 20% of our members. In 2017 we expect this to increase further due to our continued outreach programmes.


    Quite simply, NYCGB now needs to increase the level of funding towards the Bursary Programme to ensure that our programmes continue to be accessible to all. The estimated total funds required in 2017 for bursaries is £130,000. This would ensure that no talented young singers are excluded from pursuing their musical aspirations based solely on financial circumstance.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide financial assistance to all those wishing to pursue their musical aspirations with NYCGB.


    » Expanding NYCGB's extensive Bursary Programme, in line with need, to support residential course fees, audition fees, and travel costs.
    » Continuing promotion of the NYCGB Bursary Programme to ensure that all potential and current NYCGB members are aware of the support that is available.
    » Continuing subsidisation of all NYCGB residential course fees to limit the financial implications of training for all talented young singers.

    What success will look like

    Continuing subsidisation of all NYCGB residential course fees to limit the financial implications of training for all talented young singers.

  • Impact


    NYCGB’s ambition is to ensure the steady growth of the Bursary Programme. Our aim is to reach young people who have little or no previous connection with NYCGB, via the pathways established through our Widening Access and Engagement programme. We are able to monitor and evidence the effectiveness of this by analysing and cross-referencing regional participation data with NYCGB audition data.


    An increasing number of applications for financial support means there is a risk that the NYCGB Bursary Programme could have insufficient funds to support the level of requests received. If this is the case, NYCGB will provide as much financial assistance as possible to those in greatest need, whilst offering all applicants support in how to find alternative funding to allow them to continue participation in NYCGB activities.


    Donors to this project will receive a detailed report on the Bursary Programme in September 2016, together with sample case studies showing how the funds have helped support the aspirations of those young people. Donors will also be invited to concerts to observe activities and meet students.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £130,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £130,000 Bursary Allocation Provision of 200 full and partial bursaries, including £3,500 towards administration support.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    A range of small to medium trust and foundation grants £70,000 Guaranteed
    Friends of NYCGB £10,000 Guaranteed
    Alumni £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    NYCGB exists to serve all talented young singers in Great Britain. From our office-base in Durham, we host an extensive programme of auditions, residential courses and concerts across Great Britain, supported by our Bursary Fund. There is a strong tradition of exceptional choral singing in Great Britain, and we seek to continue this by providing inspirational and innovative opportunities for talented young singers, whilst representing the very best in British choral singing on a global scale.


    Talented young singers aged 9 - 25 from across Great Britain will benefit from this programme, through increased accessibility to exceptional musical opportunities with the reduction of core costs for all NYCGB members, as well as the provision of bursaries for those in need of financial support.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    NYCGB's goals are to discover exceptional musical talent, provide inspirational teaching and guidance, create exceptional performance experiences, enthuse young people in the joy of singing and demonstrate outstanding national relevance. Underpinning these goals, we aim to ensure participation from the widest range of young people from all backgrounds, with our Bursary Programme helping to facilitate this aim.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mark Anyan, General Manager

    Mark is responsible for the management of all aspects of the administration of NYCGB, including overseeing the Bursary Programme.

    Nick Sears, NYCGB Trustee

    Nick, Head of Vocal Studies at the Royal College of Music, is the Trustee representative on the Bursary Programme panel.

    Ben Parry, NYCGB Director

    Ben is a renowned choral conductor, composer, arrange, singer and producer. Ben leads NYCGB's musical activities and is on the Bursary Programme panel

    Rob Colbert, Development Manager

    Rob is responsible for NYCGB's development function, ensuring that sufficient funds are in place to support our work, including the Bursary Programme