What we do
Music for Youth is a national youth arts 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.
Established in 1970, our mission is simple: we believe that music, and the chance to participate in high-quality musical activities, should be open to every young person.
Music for Youth is about nurturing not only the next generation of musical talent, but the next generation full stop. Whether you're a violinist, or beatboxer, a young person who's never had the chance to experience live music, or the leader of a primary school choir just starting out, we have something for you, or for the young people you work with. We pride ourselves on being open, accessible, and welcoming, so don't be shy.
At our Regional Festivals, National Festival, Frequencies and all other events, Music for Youth provides all performers with access to expert advice from professional musicians and music educators: our Music Mentors.
Our Music Mentors offer critique and support to all our participants, whether in person at an event, or in the form of written feedback or a Mentor-On-Call session.
The role of the Music Mentor is crucial in ensuring that events feel supportive for all participants, and are a celebration of hard work and achievement at every level.
We are keen to hear from professional musicians interested in joining our pool of Music Mentors.
Our programmes and events
We provide young people with a wide range of events, programmes and workshops both live and digital. This includes our National Festival held at Birmingham Symphony Hall each summer, our Prom held at the Royal Albert Hall each winter, as well as smaller regional and genre-specific events held across the country, and an ongoing programme of digital activities and showcases including our brand new Video Wall featuring music making by young people across the UK during the pandemic.
Our response to the Covid-19 pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic has deeply affected young people, their ability to rehearse and perform music they love, and their schooling.
In response to the pandemic we launched two online events, Elevate, and The Future is Now, to give young people a voice and to celebrate the music they were creating in Lockdown.
In July 2021 we launched our first hybrid National Festival, incorporating smaller, covid-safe live events with digital events and our National Festival video wall.
Find out how you can take part with Music for Youth today!