To celebrate music by some of the best, most diverse and talented young musicians from across the UK, Music for Youth’s New Music Stage, sponsored by the Royal Albert Hall, will present six pieces of new music by young artists at its annual National Festival 2017 in Birmingham this July.
The selected new works will be performed live to the public at the five-day youth music festival in some of the UK’s most iconic venues and receive valuable feedback from Music for Youth’s professional Music Mentors.
The six pieces will be selected by a panel of music experts and artists, and will represent a range of musical styles and a variety of performing groups. All of which will be written and created by young musicians between the ages of 12 and 21 years.
In addition, one of the composers/creators will receive the Sound and Music New Music Award as part of Music for Youth’s National Partnership Awards. Sound and Music is the national charity for new music.
Who can take part?
We want to hear from any musician, aged between 12 and 21, who writes or creates their own music. This can be anything from song writing for your own indie band, to a new piece for a symphony orchestra. All submissions must have been written after January 2016.
We are keen to receive submissions from schools, organisations, and groups on behalf of young musicians and writers.
New Music Stage involves public performances, so in addition to submitting a new work, you will need to know who will perform your music. Performers should also be aged between 12 and 21. They could be the composer and their friends, a group from your school or organisation, or an independent group you’ve worked with before.
What are we looking for?
· New, original music
· A piece that creatively expresses an interesting idea through your chosen style of music
· Music that covers any genre and style, and any line-up of musicians with two or more performers
· Submissions should be a maximum of 10 minutes long
· Short submissions are equally welcome
For more information head over to our New Music Stage page