Subsidies for engaging professional artists

In the current economic climate, where arts funding is scarcer than ever, it can be tough for amateur music groups to engage high-quality soloists for their concerts. To help to address this, Making Music runs the following schemes, helping member groups to engage artists at specially reduced or subsidised rates.

Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists Subsidy

The Young Artists scheme 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.

Subsidised rates:

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

The Selected Artists guide lists the Young Artists and gives a sample of their repertoire. Members must apply for the Young Artists subsidies in the current year, however the concert can take place anytime in the next two years.

How do I book a Young 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 us that a subsidy is available (contact
  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. We 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.

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Selected Artists Subsidy

To help some of our smaller promoting groups with the cost of booking professional artists, these groups can apply for a subsidy on bookings with our Selected Artist Guide. 


  • A £100 subsidy is available towards the booking fee of any of the Selected Artists in the Selected Artist Guide, including the Jazz and Folk selections.

The Selected Artists guide lists all the Selected Artists and gives a sample of their repertoire.

St Martin's Chamber Music Competition winners

Through the partnership of Making Music and the St Martin-in-the Fields Chamber Music Competition, Making Music members have the opportunity to book this year's talented winners, who are featured as Selected Artists in the red section of the Guide.

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Artists Expenses Subsidy

We know from your feedback that some of our smaller promoting groups struggle with paying expenses for professional artists. These groups can apply for our Artist Expenses Subsidy (AES).


  • Subsidies ranging from £50 to £125 are available where travel and accommodation expenses total at least £80.

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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.