New Music Stage 2017

  • 17/01/17




Do you, or does a young person you work with write original music?

Get that music heard at the Music for Youth National Festival 2017

Please be aware the deadline for 2017 submissions has now passed - if you're looking for 2018 submissions please head to the New Music Stage event page


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 our 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 MFY Connects. 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, or any organisation on behalf of a young musician, who writes or creates their own music to be performed by two players or more. This can be anything from song writing for an indie band, to a new piece for a symphony orchestra. All submissions must have been written after January 2016 and must be performed by two or more young people. Unfortunately no compositions to be performed by a soloist can be considered.

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. While the pieces cannot be performed by solo artist, they could be the composer and their friend, or 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

We will take age into account when choosing pieces for the showcase. 

The list below gives a general guide as to what we will be able to programme within the Music for Youth National Festival. This is not genre specific as we want to showcase the widest possible range of new music.

·         Music for voice (vocal groups; small/large choirs)

·         Instrumental music (small/large groups, amplified and/or acoustic)

·         Mixed groups (any combinations)

·         Electronic/digital

·         Songwriter/bands


What happens next?

Now that submissions have closed, a group of professional composers and artists will review all of the submissions received on behalf of Music for Youth and Sound and Music. They will choose six pieces to be performed across Music for Youth’s five-day National Festival in Birmingham this July 2017. Performance stages include Symphony Hall, Town Hall and the CBSO Centre. The six pieces will be programmed as part of the main festival programme, which attracts 10,000 young musicians from all over the UK.

Whilst we are of course looking for innovation and excellence, we are also keen to present a variety of music and will aim to offer opportunities to musicians representing a range of musical backgrounds and ages.

Applications have now closed and all programmed applicants have been contacted

The recipient of the New Music Award will be announced in September 2017 as part of the MFY Connects partnership announcements. The recipient of this award will receive a bespoke package of support from Sound and Music, and will have further performance opportunities for their piece.

Take a look at what previous participants have had to say about their experience:

New Music Stage 2015 - Young composers have their say from Sound and Music on Vimeo

Music for Youth’s New Music Stage 2017 is produced in partnership with Sound and Music, and is sponsored by the Royal Albert Hall.

The Royal Albert Hall is a major sponsor of Music for Youth, and is committed to championing music education at all levels.