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Music for Youth Festivals

The Music for Youth Festivals regionally are a series of local live music festivals designed to inspire musicians at every level of experience, in a supportive environment. They can be either public “Festivals” or private “Local Events”, however both are opportunities for young musicians aged 21 or under, in a group of two or more, to perform and get feedback from our professional Music Mentors. There are progression opportunities within the season between the Regional Festival Series, National Festival, Primary Proms, Frequencies, and the Music for Youth Proms through a carefully considered selection process. 

The Music for Youth Festivals regionally happen in the spring, usually between February and April.  

Applications for the Music for Youth Festival open in November. You can apply to join an event near you, or submit a recording via Mentor Connects. These are the first events as part of our annual season, and we are planning to welcome 30,000 young musicians to take part in performances across the UK. 

Each group is allocated 10 minutes to perform.  Any pieces can be performed and you don’t have to use all of the time if you don’t want to, but you must not go over the 10 minutes 

All applications received by the deadline will be processed and confirmation emails will be sent during the w/c 18 December 2023. 

  • Up to 75% of festival places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 
  • Within that 75%, MFY will only be able to guarantee up to three entries per group leader in order to ensure the balance across the festival.  
  • MFY then reserves the right to allocate the remaining 25% of places at our discretion – this is so we can achieve our Regional Festival aims and safeguard equality of opportunity e.g. engaging with new partners and ensuring that hard to reach groups have the opportunity to participate. 

Mentor Connects is your digital submission to take part in the Music for Youth Festival regionally if you can’t attend an event, or if there are none near you. Your submission will still get mentored like the rest of our events, and you will still be considered for a performance slot at the National Festival.  

This is available to apply to along with all other festivals. Please submit your recording via our website form here.  

Your entry can be in either audio or video format, and will need to be uploaded to a site like Youtube, Spotify, Soundcloud or Vimeo. If you choose to make the file password protected, please remember to include the details we will need in order to be able to access it. 

For Mentor Connects, recordings will be sent to a Music Mentor and feedback on your performance will be forwarded to you at the beginning of April. 

Local events are private, invitation-only events, therefore booking is limited. We recommend attending a regional festival or applying via Mentor Connects instead.  

Yes, we ask you to choose your top 3 events to attend, so that we can evenly programme the events. We try our hardest to allocate you to your first choice.  

We’re sorry there isn’t a festival close to you. We are currently working with partners across the country to widen our reach, more dates will be added by the end of November. Alternatively, you can submit an entry to Mentor Connects to guarantee your groups involvement in the MFY season. 

Yes, you will receive verbal feedback on the day and written feedback will be sent to you at the beginning of April 2024.

If you need any more help, please email and one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible. 

National Festival

Music for Youth’s National Festival is held in Birmingham in July.  

Yes! Music for Youth collaborate with a variety of partners to host an array of workshops at the National Festival. Booking information for workshops will be announced closer to the event.  

Yes, all stages at the National Festival, including the fringe stage, will receive mentoring and feedback as standard. Please get in touch if you performed with us and haven’t had your feedback yet.  


Performance slots at the Proms are invitation only, and are mostly filled by groups who have joined us at the Regional and/or National Festival. The Creative Project is open to other groups to apply, however this is on a first-come, first-served basis, and does include a small registration fee. 

We aim to contact everyone who has been invited to perform at the Proms by the start of the new school year in September.  

The Creative Project is a massed ensemble that is featured on both nights. This year’s ‘Creative Project’ at the MFY Proms will see hundreds of schools collaborate to perform music composed and arranged by Music for Youth ambassador, radio presenter, and composer, Jack Pepper. This music is drawn from his musical production 'Duet,' which pays tribute to his own inspirational music teacher. 

Applications for the Creative Project are completed via the MFY website. Applications for 2023 have now closed. 

Yes. Spaces for the Creative Project are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you have been able to apply, your booking is automatically accepted. 

Final information for groups regarding arrival times and locations is sent via email in October. Please contact if you have not received this information. 

Final information for groups regarding arrival times and locations is sent via email in October. Please contact if you have not received this information. 

Please bring the following documentation with you to perform:

  • Child perfomance licencing 
  • Head teacher permission letter 
  • Chaperone list 

Please visit to pre-order your dvd or digital download. 

Your group will be assigned a dressing room which will be in the final information pack sent to you via email. You can leave your instruments and belongings here; however, this will be at your own risk. 

  • As per the final information for groups sent via email, we recommend leaving the site after your soundcheck, to allow further soundchecks to be conducted. We recommend going to either the Science Museum, Natural History Museum or Hyde Park. Please be aware that booking in advance is required for the Science and Natural History Museums.  

Please let us know your ETA by calling the MFY Production office on 020 7070 0570 or text the MFY mobile on 07946 176646. 

The passes will be counted in advance into packs for each group. If your group numbers change, we must know, or your group will not receive the correct number of badges. On the day, the reception desk will close at 14:30 and no backstage passes will be issued after this point. 

A daily production meeting will be held covering venue evacuation procedures and important aspects of the day. A representative from each group must attend this meeting - where possible, this should be the conductor or group leader. It will be your responsibility to disseminate the information to all your staff on the trip. 

It will be possible to watch the half of the concert your group is not performing in. Your Group Itinerary Sheet has details of whether you have been allocated seats in the auditorium or standing places in the Arena, Stalls or Gallery. 


Unfortunately we don’t allow soloists to apply on a regular basis, but we do occasionally hold open competitions for soloists to join us at specific events. This will be advertised on our website and social media when applications are open.

Music for Youth offer short placements in July and November for people under 25 to work backstage or in communications roles.

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