Youth Music announces Awards scheme in partnership with Hal Leonard

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National charity Youth Music has launched the Youth Music Awards as part of the organisation’s 20th anniversary celebrations. The Awards are presented in association with Hal Leonard Europe, which is part of Hal Leonard, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of printed music and educational resources.

‘Going above and beyond’

The Youth Music Awards will celebrate the achievements of young people who are making music in all genres, all over the country. Youth Music will also be recognising the organisations and music leaders that are ‘tirelessly working on the frontline, going above and beyond to help the next generation of young musicians progress personally, socially and musically’.

The Awards are free to enter, and open to anyone who has taken part in a project funded by Youth Music over the past five years. Applicants can nominate themselves or be recommended by a friend, a family member or someone they have worked with on a project.

‘Celebrating excellence by young music makers’

The music awards will be judged by a panel of music industry figures from 1Xtra, YouTube Music, Capitol Records, Columbia Records, Virgin EMI, Live Nation, Black Butter, Vice Media, Ninja Tunes, Amazon Music UK and many more.

Tom Farncombe, Strategic Partnerships Director, Hal Leonard Europe, said:

‘At Hal Leonard Europe we believe that every young person should have access to life-changing music making opportunities.

‘We are very excited to support the Youth Music Awards, which will showcase the vital work that Youth Music does to make such opportunities happen, and celebrate excellence by young music makers.’


Award categories

Outstanding Act Award
For outstanding achievements by a group or individual artist from a Youth Music project.

Original Track Award
For outstanding composition and recording in an original track from a Youth Music project.

Live Performance Award
For outstanding live performance by an act from a Youth Music project.

Music Producer Award
For outstanding technical skills in music production, engineering, mixing and/or mastering.

Music Video Award
For outstanding creativity and/or technical accomplishment in a music video.

Lyricist Award
For outstanding lyrics in an original track from a Youth Music project.

Breakthrough Award
For a project participant who’s made outstanding personal progress and/or overcome significant barriers.

Entrepreneur Award
For outstanding achievements in a behind-the-scenes industry role by a project participant.

Social Action Award
For outstanding commitment to local community and/or social justice issues by an individual or collective.

Inspirational Music Leader Award
For an individual Music Leader who inspires young people in music through their actions, creativity, determination, positivity, energy, selflessness or ability to overcome challenges.

Young Leader Award
For a young person (aged 25 or below) who has demonstrated great leadership skills. This might be a participant who has now joined the workforce, or a young musician who has been an integral part of the project.

Innovation Award
For an organisation that pushes the boundaries to promote inclusive music education.


The Youth Music Awards will take place on Wednesday 16 October 2019 at Battersea Arts Centre, London, where the winners will be announced.

  • Youth Music is looking for a team of Youth Music project participants to help us run the event: find out more here.
  • Nomination forms for all awards are open now, and will close at 10am on Monday 5 August 2019.
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