2020 Applications for the Drake YolanDa Award have now been extended as a result of COVID -19 and the uncertainty surrounding it.

We do not currently have rescheduled dates for our 2020 Shortlist Day and Award Delivery Concert, but if you have applied already you will be notified in due course.

New Dates to be announced soon 


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 2020, 10 emerging artists will be awarded £3000 each to support them in areas including; touring, artistic development, recording new music, music videos, marketing, branding and purchasing new equipment.


This award is open to emerging artists across any genre of music (classical musicians not eligible) aged 16 – 30. 


Applicants can be singers, rappers, instrumentalists and groups.


You must be resident in the UK. 


We are looking for independent artists that need support and do not currently have backing from major record labels, publishers and more. 





All applicants will need to be available for all dates below in order to be eligible for grant consideration.



Application form via website 

Applicants send a live performance or music video 

Applications Deadline extended APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN 



Shortlisted 20 artists have a face to face interview / performance in front of a panel of industry experts. 

 STAGE 3. 


Award grants at a celebration concert with performances by the awardees to invited guests and press 




Applications Deadline

Face to Face Interview / Performance Day 

Award Delivery / Celebration Concert 

*The dates above are subject to change