Music For Youth National Partnership Awards

Events Description

The National Partnership Awards provide a unique opportunity for Music for Youth to match some of the talented musicians who perform at the National Festival with music industry partners.

These partners are keen to welcome young musicians from across the country and offer them developmental music education experiences appropriate to the needs and circumstances of each group. The award sponsors represent some of the key players in the arts and music sector and have a wealth of knowledge to offer young musicians.

At the end of each main stage session at the National Festival 2016 two groups were nominated by our professional Music Mentors.

Nominations were made based on:

  • Performance practice eg. quality of musicianship, commitment, stage presence, performance discipline
  • Innovation and creativity eg. choice of repertoire, imaginative presentation, student composition
  • Inclusive approach to performance eg. high-quality whole group performance, inclusive project

Music for Youth considered all the nominations and made the final selections in partnership with the award sponsors. Music for Youth is grateful to the award sponsors, and hope that the activity

Music for Youth is grateful to the award sponsors, and hope that the activity programmes they present will inspire teachers, directors and most of all young musicians, leading to new partnership opportunities on an ongoing basis.


Music For Youth

3rd Floor South Wing Somerset House Strand London WC2R 1LA


About the organiser

Music for Youth is a national youth music charity working to provide young people aged 21 and under across the UK with free, life-changing performance and progression opportunities, regardless of background or musical style.

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Application forms by region




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We look forward to receiving your submission (sent by email to by Monday 9 October 2017. If you have any queries, email Angela Ruggles on the above e-mail address (allow at least a week for replies).