Music for Youth Festival
The Music for Youth Festival is a collection of regional festivals across the UK uniting to inspire musicians at every level of experience and across every genre of music. This collection of regional events forms the UK’s largest festival for young musicians. 30,000 musicians take part every year and many go on to perform again at our National Festival and Music for Youth Proms.
The National Festival is a coming together of musicians, bands and ensembles from across the regions to perform together on world-class stages including Symphony Hall, Town Hall, and the CBSO Centre. It's a key date in the Music for Youth calendar, hosted by the city of Birmingham in July.
Over 10,000 young musicians aged 4-21 from across the UK take part and musical groups and ensembles of all ages, styles, instruments and genres perform, with audience members encouraged to watch performances throughout the day.
The festival shines a spotlight on the creativity and talents of young musicians and creates an atmosphere where ‘everyone’s a headliner.’ The festival supports the next generation of talented young musicians and gives them unforgettable performance opportunities on world-class stages.
The Music for Youth Proms is a two-day annual evening concert held at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London, celebrating the talent and creativity of brilliant young musicians from across the UK. It provides a professionally produced platform for talented young performers from various genres and musical backgrounds to showcase their talent. The event typically features a diverse range of performances, including orchestral ensembles, choirs, bands, soloists, and various other music groups. The Music for Youth Proms encourages and supports young musicians by giving them the opportunity to perform in a prestigious venue and share their music with a wider audience.
The Arts Award is a framework developed by Arts Council England to help young people learn new skills and share them. Taking part in Music for Youth activity enables pupils to take part in the Discover, Explore and Bronze award levels. Employers, universities and colleges know that Arts Award is a qualification that shows young people’s level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills
MFY Invites provides young musicians, who have participated in the MFY annual programme, the opportunity to perform at high-profile events that are hosted by our major sponsors, including the TUC annual Congress and the NEU conference. The MFY Invites programme is by invitation only.