AFYM is once again pleased to offer a range of bursaries, made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and applications are now invited from participants in AFYM 2024.

The following bursaries are available:

The David B LI George Bursary for Families

This bursary is offered in memory of David B Ll George who was a very generous supporter of AFYM. Applications are invited from families who have more than one child participating in AFYM 2024. The funds may be used to support music tuition, course attendance, instrument upgrade and purchase of music.

Peter Lynn & Partners Music Development Bursary

This award is for a young musician aged 14-19 years to support attendance at a summer school or orchestral course or to fund purchase of music, a series of music lessons or other music related costs.

The Mason and Jepsen Bursary for Pianists

Applications are invited from musicians attending secondary school for whom piano is their only or main instrument. The funds may be used for lessons, masterclasses, courses and purchase of music.

Jenn Milne Music for All Bursary

Jenn Milne was a longstanding entries secretary for AFYM who, with her husband Ian, also organised the festival’s Schools’ Day every year. As teachers and art lovers, they cared passionately about providing access to opportunity for every child and helped many children to reach their potential. Their daughter, Rebecca, kindly donates this bursary in their memory.

This year the bursary will be awarded either:

to a young musician aged 9-13 years to support attendance at a summer school or orchestral course or to fund purchase of music, a series of music lessons or other music related costs. (Parents/guardians may assist young applicants for this bursary!)


to a primary school which has made entries to the 2024 festival (solo, duet or ensemble).

Lindy Phillipps Bursary

Lindy Phillipps was a founder member of the AFYM committee and the festival’s first secretary. As a pianist, piano teacher and flute player she derived enormous pleasure and inspiration from attending summer schools. Jim Phillipps generously donates this bursary in Lindy’s memory for a young musician aged 14-19 years to attend a summer school or orchestral course or for other music related costs.

Dorothy Watkins Foundation Bursary

Dorothy Watkins was a Quaker who, although originally from Coventry, lived in Swansea all her life. The Trust she established supports projects connected with the advancement of education and religion and applications are welcomed from persons who have a project which fits those criteria.

Previous Bursary Winners

To view a complete list of all AFYM bursary winners from 1993 onwards, please click here.

Guidance for Applicants

Please state which bursaries you are applying for (you can apply for more than one but please name them so that it is clear to those who will make the recommendations for the awards).

Applications should be prepared as a Word or PDF document and emailed to Dave Xerri at [email protected].

When you write your letter of application, please include the following:

  • Your age, what instrument(s) you play and approximately what stage you are at (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • Your musical experience and plans for the future
  • How you would use the bursary, and how you hope this would help your musical development
  • How you would supplement the bursary if needed (if it does not cover the total cost of your project)

Successful bursary applicants must write a letter of thanks to the bursary sponsor as soon as they receive the funds.  After the bursary has been spent, the recipient must write a second letter to the sponsor which should include a report about how the funds were used. Photos to illustrate the report would be welcomed.

The closing date for bursary applications is 1st March 2024 (please note that applications received after this date will not be considered), and the AFYM Bursary Sub-committee will then recommend awards. Successful applicants will be informed by 10th March 2024.

Good luck!