Sound and Music – Call out for Young Composers

January 20, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Have your music performed at MFY’s New Music Stage at the National Festival, a national showcase of young talent working across genres. Submit a new piece and receive professional feedback.

The programme is now open. Click here if you are a student or an organisation applying on behalf of a student

Sound and Music, in partnership with Music for Youth, are embarking on a two year programme to support more performances and commissions of new music written by young composers. The programme will bring together performing groups, music education providers and composers in live events, supporting artistic collaborations.

The Event
The day long New Music Stage at Music for Youth’s National Festival in July 2015 will present selected performances of new music by young composers, performed by young people.

Who and what are we looking for?
Young composers, or music organisations representing young composers, will be considered in the following age categories:

  • 12 – 16 years old
  • 17 – 18 years old
  • 19 – 21 years old

They will need to submit a new piece from any genre of music. The piece should be performed by young musicians also aged 21 years old and under.

What will we need?

  • A score – this can either be fully noted, chord sequences or written instructions as suits the medium of the piece.
  • A recording of the proposed performing group – ideally a recording of them playing the composition itself, but if not a recording of the group playing something already in their repertoire.

To find out more about the New Music Stage criteria as well as guidance for filling out your application, please refer to our New Music Stage Guidelines Document.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is noon Friday 27th March 2015.


(Applications may be submitted either by students or by organisations on their behalf)

For more information, please email or call on 020 7759 1830. 

The New Music Stage is supported by investment from the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.