The Drake YolanDa Award is a talent development grant which aims to financially support talented emerging artists who are creating great music, actively performing and want to pursue a career in music. 


In 2023, ten outstanding artists will receive a grant of  £3,000 each.


The funds aim to bolster various aspects of a musician’s journey such as:

  • Artistic evolution.
  • Launching tour.
  •  Recording fresh tracks.
  • Producing music videos.
  • Enhancing branding and marketing.
  • Acquiring necessary equipment.


Who Should Apply?

  • If you’re an emerging artist aged between 16 – 30, irrespective of your genre (except classical).
  • Singers, rappers, instrumentalists, and musical groups are all eligible.
  • Applicants must reside within the UK.
  •  Independent artists, especially those without the backing of major record labels or publishers, are strongly encouraged to apply.


Application & Award Stages:

Stage 1: Complete the application form on their website and submit a live performance or music video.
Stage 2: 20 chosen artists will be interviewed and perform in front of a panel of industry connoisseurs.
Stage 3: Winners will be celebrated and bestowed with their grants at a special concert, featuring performances by the recipients for an audience of esteemed guests and media.


Deadline:   Monday 4th Sepember 2023 at 12noon.

To apply, click here.


Important Dates:


Application Cut-off: 4th September 2023, 12 Noon
Shortlist Announcement: 11th September 2023
Award Delivery Concert: 25th September 2023


Please note that the above dates are tentative and may be subject to change.