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Why Youth Music Theatre UK needs your support

Youth Music Theatre UK is the leading music theatre company for young people aged 11-21 and the UK's largest commissioner of new work - around ten new music theatre pieces each year! Giving people chances and opportunities to explore their potential is fundamental to our ethos. Whether it's a young person wanting to perform, an emerging writing wanting to develop work or even an internship in our office. YMT is here to give a platform to anyone who wants to work in the performing arts industry. We work with some of theatre's leading and emerging composers, musical directors, writers, choreographers, stage technicians and directors to give young people the best possible chance of learning 'how to create a new show'. We are passionate about putting young people directly in touch with these professional artists to help them develop creatively.

We audition well over 1,200 young people across the UK and Ireland each year, inviting around 300 to join the YMT Company and perform in our Summer Season of New Music Theatre as performers and musicians. We reach a further 500 young people through our other activities designed to offer young people more chances of experiencing music theatre. We partner with leading professional theatres and festivals across the country so that young people have an unrivalled opportunity to perform and work in professional venues UK wide.

To ensure we reach a diverse range of participants we offer a comprehensive bursary scheme to reduce course fees for 40% of our company members. We also deliver outreach projects in local areas to encourage a wide range of young people to take part.

Youth Music Theatre UK's current level of activity costs over £1 million each year. Our earned income mainly comes from our course fees and makes up 60% of this, 21% comes from Arts Council England and other public grants. The remaining 19% needs to be raised each year from private sources, including individuals, companies and trusts and foundations.

If you would be interested in supporting Youth Music Theatre UK, as an individual, or through your company or foundation, please call the YMT office on 020 8563 7725 or email

Alternatively if you would like to donate now, click on one of the buttons below.

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Amazon Smile

You can support YMT through your Amazon shop at no extra cost to you by shopping through AmazonSmile! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price of eligible purchases to the charitable organisation of your choice; just select YMT on your first visit.  AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know with the same products, prices and service.  Just log in via with your usual Amazon account, select Youth Music Theatre UK as your chosen charity and shop as normal!

Give as you Live

Youth Music Theatre UK are also registered with Give as you Live where your online shop can raise money for our Bursary Scheme, without costing you an extra penny!

Simply create an account in seconds and for every online purchase you make from one of the 4300+ shops listed (such as Trainline), we will receive a donation from the retailer which will help young people from all backgrounds to participate in our music theatre courses.
To support YMT at no additional cost to you, just log in to or download the app to find your favourite stores and then shop as usual!
Give as you Live is an online shopping and price comparison website, the use of which is free for both you and YMT.  Retailers offer different donation percentages through Give as You Live, at no extra cost to you, and YMT will receive 100% of the donation.  Give as you Live receives commission from retailers, but at least 50% of this is passed on to Youth Music Theatre UK.

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