AFYM is once again pleased to offer a range of bursaries, made possible by the generosity of our sponsors to assist your progress in music.  This typically includes support for music-related costs such as attendance at summer schools, orchestral courses, county or national music courses, purchase of books or music lessons.

Applications for 2022 bursaries are welcome from all  AFYM performers.  You are invited to visit our website nearer the Festival for the latest information, application forms, guidance on making an application, and closing dates.


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. In this respect we welcome applications for this bursary from individuals or schools of any age.

This award is for a young musician aged 14—19 years to attend a summer school, orchestral course, county or national music course or for other music-related costs, or for purchase of music books, or for a period of music lessons.

What might we consider? Summer School fees / Orchestral Course fees / County and National Music Course fees / Purchase of music books / A period of music lessons / Other music related costs

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. In her memory we are able to offer a bursary, generously donated by Mr Jim Phillipps, for a young musician aged 14-19 years to attend a summer school, orchestral course, county
or national music course or for other music-related costs.

The successful candidate will agree to report back on how the grant was spent with photographs where possible


This award is to enable primary schools to increase their music-making for all young people. Jenn Milne was a long-standing entries secretary of the AFYM committee who also organised the Festival’s Schools’ Day every year. As a teacher, and an arts lover, she cared passionately about providing access to opportunity for every child, and helped many children to reach for their individual potential. Her husband, Ian, has kindly donated this bursary in memory of Jenn, who is sadly missed by us all.

This bursary is to be awarded to enable primary schools to increase their music making for all young people


Thank you so much for the Bursary Award. I used it for the National Youth Orchestra of Wales summer course, and had an amazing time. I had a great opportunity working with an incredible conductor and being made co-leader of the cello section. The experience will help my musical career and will help me perform better in my Music College Auditions

Luke Millard, Winner of the Lindy Phillipps Bursary

Through the grant of the Lindy Phillipps Bursary Award I was given a brand new opportunity to develop and enhance my piano playing and musicianship skills in a way that was highly beneficial to me. I was extremely fortunate to attend the Summer School for Pianists in Hereford. It elevated my playing, and contributed immensely to my development as a pianist. I am very grateful to the AFYM and to Mr Phillipps for giving me this brilliant opportunity

Ify Iwobe, Winner of the Lindy Phillipps Bursary