"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."
Tom Farncombe, Strategic Partnerships Director, Hal Leonard Europe
About the awards
The Youth Music Awards 2021 in association with Hal Leonard Europe is back for a second year!
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.
The Youth Music Awards celebrate the achievements of young people taking part in the projects we fund, who are making music in all genres, all over the country, every day. They also recognise 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 open to anyone who has taken part in a Youth Music funded project since January 2015.
Music awards will be judged by a panel of music industry figures including Eve, Daisy Maskell, George the Poet, Chris Price and more to be announced, and we have some serious money-can't-buy experiences as prizes for award winners.
The Youth Music Awards will take place on Wednesday 20 October 2021 at Troxy, London*, where the winners will be announced.
Nominations are open until 10am Monday 15 March 2021
To see all the 2019 judges, shortlisted nominees and sponsors read the brochure.
**This event was originally scheduled for Wednesday 21 October 2020 and has been rescheduled, due to the coronavirus pandemic, for the safety of our guests.
Award categories - apply now
For outstanding lyrics in an original track from a Youth Music project.
For outstanding live performance by an act from a Youth Music project.
For outstanding creativity and/or technical accomplishment in a music video.
Learn more about the winner and nominees for the 2019 Social Action Award sponsored by Hal Leonard Europe.
For an individual music leader who inspires young people in music through their actions, creativity, determination, positivity, energy, selflessness or ability to overcome challenges.
For an outstanding track written and recorded by a solo artist from a Youth Music project.
For an outstanding track written and recorded by a group (two or more people) from a Youth Music project.
For a group or solo artist from a Youth Music project who is already making waves in the music industry.
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.
For an organisation that pushes the boundaries to promote inclusive music education (formerly the Innovation Award).
For outstanding technical skills in music production, engineering, mixing and/or mastering.
For a young person who has established their own music-related business, e.g. events, record label, marketing and PR.
Want to work or perform at the Youth Music Awards 2021? Find out more below.
As part of the Youth Music Next Gen, we're hiring a team of young people from all across England to support the Youth Music Awards in October, prior to and on the night. Learn more about the roles and apply online now.
We're looking for performers to open and close the Youth Music Awards. These acts must have taken part in a Youth Music project within the past five years.
Youth Music Awards 2019
Watch highlights from last year's awards.