Music transforms lives. 

Everything we do – whether on the concert platform or in the community – is made possible by a network of generous individuals and organisations.

2019 sees the charity celebrate our 40th year of excellence as we reflect on a remarkable history and look forward the next 40 years. NYOS is indebted to our supporters who have helped us achieve so much since 1979. There is still so much we can do with external support.

The Opportunity Fund exists for participants who find it difficult to meet the costs of taking part. In our 40th year, our goal is that no young person misses out on the opportunity to take part in in our life changing projects due to financial circumstances. We can achieve this by raising sufficient funds to ensure that each year:

  • 100 participants are offered free places on our outreach projects
  • Members’ fees for all paid activities are subsidised by 66%
  • More than 25% of members are granted additional reductions to their fees via the Opportunity Fund
  • Young people from all backgrounds benefit from our work, including increasing numbers of participants from areas high on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation

The Opportunity Fund offers equality of access for all, enabling NYOS to fulfil its aim to reach young people in every local authority in Scotland each year, as well as ensuring young people from all education backgrounds benefit from our work.

We know, from 40 years of working with young people, of the ever-mounting financial pressure on many families as they are inundated with extra-curricular costs. The Opportunity Fund seeks to support those young people most impacted by the financial climate. In recent years the Opportunity Fund has seen exceptionally high numbers of requests and NYOS is continually fundraising to meet increasing demand. Over the past 5 years 33% of all participants have been given additional support via the Opportunity Fund, each receiving additional reductions of up to 100% to their already highly subsidised fees. The Opportunity Fund has therefore never been more fundamental to our mission as it is now in 2019 – our 40th year. 

You can support our work today by making an online donation here or by downloading a donation form.