How ‘hands on’ will YCAT be in throughout the project?

YCAT will meet monthly with you for an agreed period of time and will give a range of advice and resources. These could include budget templates, detailed project management help, details of prospective funders to approach and relevant industry contacts who may be able to help in your specific project. YCAT will not work on your project on a day-to-day basis.

How many sessions will you offer me for my project?

This will depend on the nature of the project, however the majority of projects would typically benefit from a 4-6 month project management period, with one session per month.

How much does it cost?

We ask participants to pay £15 for each 1.5 hour session, to help support the time and expertise YCAT will provide. The number of sessions will be agreed upon during the course of the project management period. YCAT subsidises over 90% of all costs associated with Sounding Board activities.

Why do I need to pay?

YCAT is subsidising over 90% of all costs associated with Sounding Board activities. The charge for Project Mentoring is to help support the time and expertise YCAT will provide for your sessions.

Do I have to be an individual or can I come with a project partner(s)?

You can be either individual or with a partner(s) with whom you are working on the project. The costs are based on each session and not the number of attendees.

Am I required to acknowledge YCAT in my project marketing materials?

YCAT will discuss with you appropriate forms of acknowledgement of support on various marketing materials for your project.

How many projects will YCAT offer support to?

This depends upon the time of year, but YCAT will on average support two or three projects concurrently.

Am I guaranteed support if I apply?

No. The reason for your 1000 word outline and CV submission is to allow YCAT to assess which applicants might gain most from Project Mentoring.

Can I re-apply if a previous application has not been successful?

Yes, providing you have adapted your application according to any feedback that may have been given on your initial application.

I am an undergraduate. Can I still apply?

Yes. However you are recommended to seek help and advice from your teachers and any professional development leader within your course as they may be able to advise you more directly.

I didn’t study or graduate from a formal music training institution. Can I still apply?


What if I need to cancel?

You can cancel a session up to 7 days prior to the booked date and we will offer you a full refund. This gives us time to re-allocate the session to another project. Cancellations less than seven days prior to the booked date cannot be refunded.