The James Etherington Award was set up in 1980 to support young people who wish to further their training in singing or the playing of musical instruments. The Award is presented annually following a competition between selected entrants. Young musicians who reside, or attend, an educational establishment within the DH postcode area, are invited to apply for the Award which is set at £500. The Runner-up receives £250, and all other selected entrants receive £75.