Subsidies for booking Young Artists and St Martin's winners

Each year our Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists and the St Martin's Chamber Music competition bring together the best young professional musicians at rates that are affordable to amateur music groups.

The Young Artists scheme has been running since 1961, and has helped to kick-start the careers of artists like Thomas Gould, Steven Isserlis, Craig Ogden and Savitri Grier. The Award enables young musicians at the start of their careers to gain vital concert and recital experience across the UK and allows Making Music members to engage some of the very best young musical talent at a reduced cost.

It was a real delight to meet her and to find that the person is as delightful as the voice.  Having the pleasure of singing with a young professional of this calibre is a joy for which we (among many) owe a deep debt of gratitude to the Philip and Dorothy Green Musical Trust. 

Beryl White of Yateley Choral Society on PDGYA winning Soprano Nazan Fikret

What are the special rates for members?

The artists' fees are fixed (excluding travel expenses and accommodation):

  • Soloist: £250 (of which £150 can be claimed back from Making Music)
  • Accompanist: £250 (of which £100 can be claimed back from Making Music) 

How can we book an artist?

The Young Artists can be engaged by any Making Music member group as soloists, recitalists or to play significant orchestral obbligato parts.

  1. Choose an artist from the PDGYA section of the Selected Artists guide (you can only receive a subsidy for one artist per cohort)
  2. Check with the Administrator, Alexandra Scott (tel. 01782 638092) that a subsidy is available
  3. Contact the artist to make a booking as you usually would
  4. When the booking is confirmed, but before it has taken place, send a copy of the signed contract to secure the subsidy
  5. The Administrator will send you a claim form, together with guidance on including Making music logos and acknowledgements in all publicity materials and programmes (their use is a condition of the subsidy)

All arrangements to confirm and carry out the booking must be done directly with the artist, including sending the contract/letter of engagement and discussing arrangements for travel, accommodation and the proposed programme.

Following the engagement, you pay the artist the fee and expenses (and those of the accompanist if there is one) and claim the subsidy. Payment will be made by bank transfer as soon as the claim form has been approved by the Administrator.

St Martin's Chamber Music Competition winners

With the support of Making Music, the Chamber Music Competition is able to offer winners the opportunity to establish and develop a performance profile throughout the UK. Through our collaboration, Making Music member groups can book the winning ensemble for an exclusive fee under our discounted artist scheme. Find out more about the 2017 winners - Zelkova Quartet.

What are the special rates for members?

The fees are fixed at £250 per artist for the first 12 engagements (excluding travel expenses and accommodation). This year's winners – the Zelkova Quartet – are therefore available for a fixed rate of £1,000.

How can we book the ensemble?

  1. Check with the Administrator, Alexandra Scott (tel. 01782 638092) that a subsidy is available
  2. Contact the ensemble to make a booking as with any other artists
  3. When the booking is confirmed, but before it has taken place, send a copy of the signed contract to secure the subsidy
  4. The Administrator will send you a claim form, together with guidance on including Making music logos and acknowledgements in all publicity materials and programmes (their use is a condition of the subsidy)

View the 2017 Selected Artists guide

View the 2016 Selected Artists guide


We hope you find this Making Music resource useful. If you have any comments or suggestions about the guidance please contact us. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the content of this guidance is accurate and up to date, Making Music do not warrant, nor accept any liability or responsibility for the completeness or accuracy of the content, or for any loss which may arise from reliance on the information contained in it.