Music for Youth is a national music charity providing free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK through its annual season of festivals and concerts.

Music for Youth works with thousands of young people from all over the UK, all of whom are passionate about music. We know how important it is to be actively involved in the arts from a young age – the benefits last a lifetime.

Through the REGIONAL FESTIVAL SERIES, 40,000 young musicians take to the stage at 50 different festivals to perform to their peers and supporters. Taking part in a MFY regional event gives young musicians and teachers a chance to feel part of something bigger, and to connect to other young people across the country who, like them, love making music.

In July each year, 10,000 young musicians gather in Birmingham for the incredible five day NATIONAL FESTIVAL. This is their opportunity to share their achievements, hear other young musicians from across the country, to compare notes and for some, to engage in a bit of friendly rivalry....

At the National Festival, the ever growing FESTIVAL FRINGE offers a whole range of musical activities, outdoor stages, workshops and collaborations with professional artists to all of the 40,000 musicians who took part in a regional festival.

At the MUSIC FOR YOUTH PROMS, each evening we present a large massed ensemble from a different region. These 500 strong collaborations are designed to be inclusive, and through them we open up the proms experience to both accomplished musicians and those who are much nearer with the beginning of their musical journey.

Music for Youth is very proud of FREQUENCIES, a new series of events where up and coming young bands come together with professional artists for sought after performance opportunities at iconic gig venues.

Earlier this year EXCHANGE returned to Glasgow; an event that attracted young people from all over Scotland. It took place in Glasgow over two days, offering performance platforms, panel discussions with music industry professionals and artist led workshops. The talent we uncovered was incredible!

2016 also sees the development of NEW MUSIC SHOWCASE, supporting the writing and performance of original music by young people. It gives them a way to get their music played – and heard - by other young musicians.

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Music for Youth 2015/16

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