British Youth Music Theatre 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. BYMT 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 1,000 young people across the UK and Ireland each year, inviting around 350 to join the BYMT 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.
British Youth Music Theatre's current level of activity costs over £1.2 million each year. Our earned income mainly comes from our course fees and makes up 55% of this, 26% 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 British Youth Music Theatre, as an individual, or through your company or foundation, you can:
- Make a one-off donation
- Become a friend
- Call the BYMT office on 020 8563 7725
- or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other ways in which you can help...
“The NASUWT is deeply committed to causes which celebrate the talents of young people and is very proud to be the principal sponsor of BYMT.”Chris Keates, General Secretary, NASUWT