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We want to highlight the brilliance of young musicians and encourage everyone to go out and see young musicians play live. Young musicians are amazing and deserve an audience! 

Young people make phenomenal music and many of the most talented musicians in the world started at a young age. Stevie Wonder, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, The Kanneh-Masons, and Kate Bush’s careers took off when they were young. As did MFY Alumni Nigel Kennedy and Dame Evelyn Glennie who both performed at the MFY Proms in 1982 and 1986.   

Many of our national youth ensembles including the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra, and the disabled-led National Open Youth Orchestra are producing the stars of tomorrow. The legacy of events like BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall are just two examples of life-changing launch pads to a career for young musicians.  

Our campaign seeks to advocate for young musicians, create more performance opportunities, and bring younger audiences out to experience live music.  

We encourage you to go and see young musicians perform live at local venues, churches, town halls, pubs, schools and other venues. 

What we will do 

  • We will raise funds to carry out a national audience development research project with young people. We want the voice of young people to help shape the future of the music industry. We will ask our network of 40,000 young musicians across the UK for their thoughts and opinions so we can better understand what young people want and how the music industry can help. 

We will also  

  • Support nine regional MFY Young Ambassadors to bang the drum for young musicians in their communities  
  • Launch a new National Festival covering the Southwest, Midlands, Northeast and Northern Ireland   

Our Role 

Music for Youth’s role is to advocate for young musicians and support them on their journey through staging performances in the community and at major venues. It takes a crew to put on a show and we are also committed to career development in non-performance roles so we train young people in back-stage roles at our events. We have also re-launched Frequencies as the music agency for early-career musicians and those interested in careers in music industry.

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