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Music for Youth is a national youth music charity working with young people aged 25 and under across the UK. Our vision is to ensure that every young person in the UK can achieve their musical potential by performing the music they love. We believe that music, and the chance to participate in high-quality musical activities, should be open to every young person.  

We believe that young people make great music, and our role is to advocate for young musicians and support them on their journey. We are proud to support future generations of musicians, composers, songwriters, performers and producers and we do everything possible to remove barriers to participation. All our events are free to attend, there are no minimum entry requirements, and every style and genre of music is welcome; we encourage all young musicians to get involved, from those just starting out, to more experienced performers. 

We transform young lives by staging high-quality musical projects and inspirational experiences for young people, including the UK’s largest youth music festival in locations across the country in Spring, the National Festival in summer and the Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London in November.  

We create partnerships with industry professionals, music institutions, schools, higher education and grass roots music organisations. We work with young people at a local and regional level, working with a wide range of communities to support their development and wellbeing. Uniquely, our work takes place across the whole of the UK with events in all nine regions of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This coverage enables us to support and tour the work of other partner organisations so they can reach young people further afield.  

For over 50 years, Music for Youth’s annual cycle of regional festivals, local events, a national festival and showcase concerts has made a significant contribution to the music education calendar, bringing together regional providers and young performers, and putting young people’s own achievements into a wider national context.  

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