Subsidies for engaging professional artists

In the current economic climate, where arts funding is scarcer than ever, it can be tough for leisure-time 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 within the year of publication of the Guide (e.g. May 2019 to September 2020), however the concert can take place anytime in the following 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. Check with us that a subsidy is available before contacting any artist (contact
  2. Contact the artist to make a booking as you usually would, using the Selected Artists Guide.
  3. As soon as the booking is confirmed, let Making Music know in order to reserve the subsidy. We will send you a claim form, together with guidance on including Making Music logos and acknowledgements in all publicity materials and programmes.
  4. Agree a contract with the artist, and send a copy of the signed contract plus full details of the concert to Making Music.
  5. You must ensure that all publicity and programmes for your concert, including posters and flyers, includes our logos and acknowledgements as specified in the guidelines. This is a condition for claiming the subsidy.
  6. After the performance, you pay the artist the full fee and expenses (and those of the accompanist if there is one).
  7. You then submit your claim form and copies of your publicity materials to Making Music in order to claim the subsidy. Payment will be made by bank transfer as soon as the claim form has been approved by the Administrator.

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.

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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 St Martin's Chamber Music Competition winners
  • The subsidy is available to promoting groups with an annual income under £14,500
  • Groups can claim one subsidy per year (e.g. May 2019 to September 2020)

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

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Find out more and apply now


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

  • The subsidy is available to promoting groups with an annual income under £14,500

  • You can claim this subsidy when booking any artist, not just the ones in our Selected Artists Guide

Find out more and apply now

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.