New Music Stage

Female Guitarists
Deadline: 10am Monday 27th March 2017
Various, Birmingham
Produced by: 
Sound and Music in partnership with Music For Youth

Do you write your own, original music?

Get your music heard at the Music For Youth National Festival 2017

Call for new music talent! 

Music for Youth’s New Music Stage will present 6 pieces of new music by young artists at its annual National Festival 2017 in Birmingham this July.   

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 Stage will celebrate music by some of the best, most diverse and talented young musicians from across the UK  

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 final  pieces will receive the Sound and Music New Music Award as part of Music for Youth’s National Partnership Awards. You can find out more about the previous winner, Craig Lamport, here>>

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 2016.  

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

The New Music Stage involves public performancesso 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  

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 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 wwant to showcase the widest possible range of new musicegjazz 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 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 soundcloud/Youtube/Vimeo - 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. 

  • Please note that you must have confirmed this group’s availability to perform at the National Festival July 2017 before making this application. The National Festival 2017 will run from 4 to 8 July 2017. 

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  


What happens next? 

After the closing date, a group of professional musicians and music creators will review all of the submissions received on behalf of Music for Youth and Sound and Music.  They will choose 6 pieces to be showcased across Music for Youth’s five day National Festival in Birmingham. Performance stages include Symphony Hall, Town Hall, the Festival Tent and the CBSO Centre. The 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.  

Music for Youth will contact successful applicants by FRIDAY5 MAY 2017. 

New Music Award

The winner of the New Music Award will be announced in September 2017 as part of the MFY National Partnership Awards Scheme announcements.  The winner will receive a bespoke package of support from Sound and Musicand will have further performance opportunities for their showcase piece. 



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To apply for this opportunity 

Deadline: 10am Monday 27th March 2017

Apply here>>

Interested in composing and under 25? 

Take a look at our Young Composers toolkit or check out our SaM Summer School! 


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