The National Youth Arts Trust helps provide access to the performing arts, at all stages, for young people from non-privileged backgrounds


Providing bursaries for music lessons, dance classes and drama school (recall) audition and tuition fees to those who cannot afford to fund themselves, and set up and run youth theatre projects in areas where there is little or no such provision.

Founded in May 2013 in response to the growing crisis in funding for performing arts education in the UK, the Trust believes that the performing arts should represent their audience, and be created by all of society not just by the few. The arts need to examine the entirety of human experience, not just a small section.

The current economic climate means that it is becoming increasingly difficult, and often impossible, for children and young people from non-privileged backgrounds to find expression, a voice and in many cases a career in the performing arts. The aim of The National Youth Arts Trust is to provide access to dance, music and drama to those young people between the ages of 7 and 25.

The UK has been recognised throughout the world for centuries for its extraordinary prowess in the performing arts. By nurturing future talent, wherever it is, the National Youth Arts Trust will play a part in ensuring that our global pre-eminence continues through future generations.

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Patrons Frances Barber, Hugh Bonneville, Stephen Conway, Lord Bishop of Ely, Imogen Cooper CBE, Brian Cox,  Louise Delamere, Robert Delamere, Sir Jeremy Dixon, Christopher Eccleston, John Godber, Sir Nicholas Hytner, Sir Derek Jacobi, Gary Kemp, David Lammy, MP Denis Lawson, Adrian Lester OBE, Phyllida Lloyd CBE, Alistair McGowan, Ewan McGregor OBE, Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall, Stephen Mangan, David Morrissey, Michael Nunn, Jonjo O’Neill, Neil Pearson, Grayson Perry CBE, Philippa Perry, Arlene Phillips CBE, Julia  Somerville OBE, William Trevitt, Arabella Weir & Samuel West .