Applications now open for Atsain

a new fund to address barriers to music for young people in Wales

Applications are now open for the brand new Atsain music fund from Anthem. Cronfa Gerdd Cymru Music Fund Wales which will support music organisations and address barriers to music for young people in Wales.

Atsain will fund work for young people engaging in music who experience barriers through life circumstances, geographical issues, identity or background, and is backed by investment from Youth Music, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and Anthem’s resources with support from founding patrons and Welsh Government.

Organisations will be able to apply for up to £10,000 to help them deliver specific music projects for young people in Wales, to help them address specific barriers to engagement.

We know music can be an extremely powerful tool for young people, and access to music is about so much more than just playing an instrument. The Atsain Fund will support music projects to connect with even more young people and help them build confidence, learn to collaborate, explore their creativity and find pathways to potential future careers.  A huge thank you to funders Youth Music and Welsh Government for supporting the launch of Atsain.
Rhian Hutchings
Anthem Chief Executive Officer
Music gives young people the power to transform their lives, especially those facing barriers because of who they are, where they’re from or what they’re going through. We’re excited to be the first investors in Anthem’s new Atsain fund so that more young people can make, learn and earn in music, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Matt Griffiths
CEO of Youth Music

Young people are at the heart of Anthem’s work. Music is a passion, a form of expression, helps change their mood, relieves stress, and builds self-esteem. It can also be a career – the thing they want to do for the rest of their life. Young people find music in many ways – through school, through friends, at the local youth club, online. Being able to connect with music projects in their local area is an important first step.

Many young people in Wales are unable to access music experiences through no fault of their own – a generation without access to music or opportunity to develop if you happen to be in the wrong geographical area, live in an area of high social deprivation or rural isolation or encounter exclusion in whatever form. Anthem’s funding will allow organisations to create new programmes of work or create projects in specific contexts to address young people’s needs and the barriers they face.

Applying for the Atsain fund is a brilliant opportunity for any music project for young people who experience barriers through life circumstances, geographical issues, identity or background, I’m so happy and impressed to see that there is now a platform and such amazing opportunity like this. I’m looking forward to helping Anthem to spread the word about the fund and seeing the impact of Atsain over the coming years
Kizzy Crawford
Singer-Songwriter & Anthem Ambassador
We are aware that there can be many barriers to music for young people. We are keen to have applications that address access for Disabled young people, provision and empowerment for young people from global majority communities, and support for young people experiencing health challenges.
Rebecca Rickard
Atsain Programme Manager

The first application round of Atsain funding is now open until 4th April 2022. Find out more about how to apply here.

There will be two online webinars for those interested in applying to find out more about the fund and the process.  It will be an opportunity to discuss if your specific project is eligible and how to submit a successful application. The webinars for potential grant applicants will take place on 17 March at 10am-11am and 6pm-7pm.  To book your free space, please register via eventbrite on our website at 

Anthem has secured the initial £150,000 needed to launch the Atsain Fund, but, in order to ensure the sustainability of the fund, Anthem is now seeking additional support from new patrons to raise £500,000 so that youth music projects in Wales can be supported across the next three years. If you are interested in becoming a Founding Patron and enabling access to music for young people in Wales, please contact Anthem CEO Rhian Hutchings at .