The Foundation for Young Musicians

The Foundation for Young Musicians (FYM) is the registered charity, established in 1990, to support London’s Centre for Young Musicians (CYM).

The money raised allows the Centre to fund special educational projects for the benefit of all its 400+ students, but most importantly means that it can offer bursaries to talented young Londoners, so they too can enjoy first-class musical training and education, regardless of their family background or means to pay.

With the constant decline of music education in schools, the Centre for Young Musicians offers the best and most diverse musical opportunities for young people. Over a third of the Centre’s students would not be able to benefit from this tuition without financial assistance and with the current challenging economic climate, more and more families are increasingly asking for help with their fees.

To date, FYM has raised over £10 million to support over 20,000 young Londoners to attend the Centre for Young Musicians and enjoy membership of its’ flagship organisation, London Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO) London’s premier youth orchestra.

Each year, FYM needs to raise over £ 150,000 to support young people in London to further their music education and is always keen to attract new supporters who might be interested in getting involved on a personal or corporate level.

If you interested in supporting FYM please find more information on the Support Us page or get in touch on the Contact Us page.


CYM gave me absolutely everything, even a violin to play. It was extraordinary the whole community around it and made me realise how important music education is across the board. Without CYM, I would not be where I am today. 

Christopher Warren-Green Violinist, Conductor, Chair of FYM & CYM alumnus