The Music for Youth Festival 2024 is a collection of regional festivals, the UK’s largest festival for young musicians. As we kick-off our highly anticipated annual season, this year’s festival will be held throughout March 2024, in over 20 locations across the UK, as well as a UK-wide online festival, titled Mentor Connects. Everyone’s invited to take part!
Who Can Take Part?
Anyone can sign up to perform, or you can submit a recording of your performance for ‘Mentor Connects’. It's free to take part, and we welcome any type of group, musical genre, or standard to sign up. The only requirement is that you are a group of two or more musicians aged 21 or younger.
The Music for Youth Festival is a unique and fantastic opportunity for young musicians to perform live and share their music, listen to performances from other groups, meet other musicians and gain invaluable advice and guidance from professional musicians and music educators: our Music Mentors.
If you attend a Music for Youth Festival or submit a recording to our Online Mentor Connects platform, you will be invited to attend the 2024 National Festival in Birmingham in July.
Bristol Music for Youth Festival 2024 - Together for Music
We are delighted to announce Together for Music, a BRAND NEW specially designed inclusive music festival. This festival promotes groups of all abilities within the deaf, neurodivergent and disabled communities.
Supported by the Trinity College London’s Award and Certificates in Musical Development (ACMD) qualification, in association with Sounds of Intent programme and being hosted at the newly refurbished, Bristol Beacon, we are delighted to add such an exciting and accessible Festival to the programme which promises to empower and inspire everyone involved. Join us for an engaging and interactive day of music-making!
The Festival will be on Monday 18th March, and will feature open sign-up performance slots, workshops and a marketplace as well as talks from Trinity College London on the ACMD qualification.
If you can’t make it in person to one of our festivals, you can still take part by sending us a recording of your performance.
Deadline for applications: 11th March 2024.
In 2024, we have festivals in the following locations:
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for our Frequently Asked Questions about the Festivals.
Register Your Local Event
In addition to the festival locations listed above which are run by our local partners and MFY collaboratively, the Regional Festival consists of a series of smaller local concerts managed independently, all sitting under the 'Regional Festival' umbrella to create the UK’s largest music festival for young musicians.
Run your own live or virtual music event, eg. A Music Hub concert or WCET sharing event and let us know that you would like to invite an MFY Music Mentor to attend or review. For more information, please email our Programmes Department.