Massed Ensemble Performance Projects – Call For Proposals

Date Published:26 July 2016
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Keywords:Massed Ensembles, MFY Proms
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Massed Ensemble Performance Projects – Call For Proposals 

Deadline for submissions – 12 noon on Friday 30 September 

Three Music for Youth Prom concerts, traditionally held at London’s Royal Albert Hall each year, are the culmination of the MFY season and showcase high-quality performances from some of the UK’s most creative, innovative and energetic young musicians. Massed Ensembles are one of the cornerstones of the MFY Proms, and involve around half of each night’s 1000 young performers.

Through these large scale projects, MFY can offer opportunities to a wider range of young musicians and ability levels than those progressing through our annual Festival programme, supporting innovation, ambition and good practice and showcasing locally produced partnership work on a national stage.

Call for Proposals
Music for Youth invites proposals from music education providers and arts organisations across the country for large scale performance projects which are currently planned for 2017/18, for inclusion in one of the three MFY Prom concerts in November 2017.

What we would like to support

1. Innovation – e.g. repertoire approach, way of working, performance practice, use of technology
2. Collaborations between different groups (any age, between 4 and 21 years)
3. Good practice in teaching and learning, as demonstrated in the performance
4. Opportunities for young people to take part in something beyond their normal experience, meet young musicians they would not otherwise meet and work with artists they would not otherwise have had the opportunity to work with. We are interested in showcasing the work of a wide group of young people, not just the very best performers.
5. Audience development – active involvement in securing an audience for the performance
Next Steps
If you would like to propose a project, please send a short outline of your project (no more than two pages), taking account of the criteria and key facts outlined on our guidelines document, and demonstrating how your project matches what we would like to support. You can find the application form here.

Project proposals should be emailed to: Kate Gardner, Head of Programmes, at by 12 noon on Friday 30 September. We will contact shortlisted organisations to arrange a telephone interview to discuss the details of your project during the week commencing 3 October. Massed Ensemble 2017 projects will be confirmed by the end of October 2016, with partnership agreements signed off in early November.

Music for Youth welcomes submissions from partners we regularly work with, as well as from organisations who have not been involved in the MFY Proms before.

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