Founded in 1984, the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) supports the early careers of musicians so they can go on to move generations of audiences around the world with their talent.

Every year, music graduates face one of the biggest challenges: being seen and heard within the music industry. At YCAT we discover and support these musicians through the turbulent transition from education to professional life. 

From continuing our distinguished 3-5 year management of selected YCAT Artists, to our new free online career development programme for all freelance musicians, our goal remains the same: giving young musicians the best start to their careers.

Our experience and central position in the international music industry allows us to provide sustained support and guidance at this pivotal point for young musicians.

Over the last 35 years, we have proudly supported thousands of young musicians paving their way within the industry who now share their talent with audiences worldwide. 

"YCAT Artists are the finest there are. I know first hand how much of a difference YCAT can make to their future careers. Book them, hear them, support them and be part of an exciting journey"

 Alison Balsom OBE (YCAT Artist 2001)      

How we help

Discover and Develop - Artist Management

Each year, hundreds of young musicians from around the world apply to become YCAT Artists through our open audition process. Selected artists receive:

  • Management - 3-5 years of developmental and holistic management
  • Performance - Manage and secure a strategic diary of engagements worldwide (jointly with Concert Artists Guild in North America) 
  • Exposure - Regular marketing to 5,000+ promoters and concert halls worldwide
  • Branding - High-quality publicity materials and professional photo shoots 
  • Digital - Comprehensive social media and website consultation and support
  • Media - Live recordings of recitals at Wigmore Hall

Ian Bostridge CBE

"If it hadn’t been for YCAT, I’d probably still be dithering about whether to become a singer"


  Ian Bostridge CBE (YCAT Artist 1992)

Audition  to be a YCAT  Artist

Empower and Educate: the 21c Musician Toolkit

Our free, online career development programme helps all musicians to develop the skills and support they need in the early stages of their careers.  Our 21cMusician toolkit presents a constantly evolving library of free, relevant, and actionable content, alongside a programme of live events and coaching, to help all young professionals thrive.

Develop your career

The only music charity of its kind

As the only charity of its kind in the UK, our work is supported entirely by generous supporters. The more support we have, the more musicians we can help. Further information on how you can impact the early careers of these astonishing young musicians.