Get involved with the Music For Youth National Festival

February 16, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Do you write your own, original music?

Get your music heard at the Music For Youth National Festival 2016

Call for new music talent!

Music for Youth’s New Music Showcase will present 10 pieces of new music by young artists at its annual National Festival 2016 in Birmingham. 

The selected new work will be performed live to the public during a daily showcase, at the five day Youth Music Festival and in some of the UK’s most iconic venues.

The New Music Showcase will celebrate music by some of the best, most diverse and talented young musicians from across the UK.

The ten 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 final ten pieces will receive the first ever New Music Award presented by Sound and Music, the national charity for New Music. 

Who can take part?

We want to hear from any musician, 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 conventional symphony orchestra. All submissions must have been written since January 2015.

We will also accept submissions from schools, organisations and groups on behalf of young musicians and writers.

The New Music Showcase involves public performances, so you will need to know who will perform your music.  Performers should also be aged between 12 and 21. They could be the ‘writer’ and friends, a group from your school and organisation, or an independent group you’ve worked with before.

What are we looking for?

  • New, original music
  • We are interested in your ideas, and how well you express them in your chosen style of music
  • Music that covers any genre and style, and any line-up
  • Submissions should be a maximum of 10 minutes long
  • Short submissions will be equally welcome

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

The list of groups below gives a loose guide as to what we will be able to programme within the MFY National Festival. This is not genre specific as we want to showcase the widest possible range of new music. eg, jazz based groups using electronics/loop stations with singers…. 

  • Music for voices (vocal groups; small/large choirs)
  • Instrumental music (small/large groups, amplified and/or acoustic)
  • Mixed groups (any combinations)
  • Electronic / digital
  • Songwriter/bands

How to apply

We need to know about you (and/or your organisation), your music and who will perform it. We have created two online forms; one for individuals submitting their own music and performers, and one for organisations submitting on behalf of an individual and performers.

We need you to submit the following:


  • Your name, age and contact details (and/or details of the writer/composer if you are from an organisation submitting on behalf of them)
  • A short personal statement about you, your musical background/influences, your submission (max 250 words)
  • A recording/demo of the piece
  • Upload an original track/sound file to sound cloud max 10 mins duration
  • Information about the line up
  • Who will perform your song/piece at the Music for Youth National Festival?
  • Name of group/band leader
  • Age range of performers
  • Contact details of lead organiser.
  • If the group/band leader and/or any of the performers are under 16 years, you must provide contact details of the organiser.

Submit if available

  • A video of a performance of the piece (youtube or vimeo link)
  • A lead sheet/chord chart/score/musical map of your piece as appropriate

APPLY HERE – DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 12 noon, Monday 4 April 2016