Representing the future of music
The Youth Music Awards celebrates the most forward-thinking projects and people making, learning and earning in music.
From artists and entrepreneurs to grassroots projects and young leaders, the event recognises an exciting range of trailblazers from across the scene.
The awards are open to anyone who has been directly funded via the NextGen Fund, or has taken part in a Youth Music funded project since January 2017.
Not sure if you're eligible? You can check which music projects we've funded since January 2017 here.
Find out more and make a nomination below.
Music awards are judged by a panel of music industry figures (to be announced), and we have some serious money-can't-buy prizes for winners.
All shortlisted nominees will be invited to the event where the winners will be announced live, on Wednesday 19 October 2022 at Troxy, London.
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.
Please note if you are nominating someone else, or a project, for an award you must be 16 years old or over. Please read all the terms and conditions carefully before entering the Youth Music Awards.
Nominations for 2022 are now closed.
For a track written and recorded by a solo artist.
For a track written and recorded by a group (two or more people).
For a rising musical group or solo artist that is making waves in the music industry.
For a young person who is making waves in a behind-the-scenes role within the music industry.
For a music leader who inspires project participants through their actions, creativity, determination, positivity, energy, selflessness or ability to overcome challenges.
For a young person who has demonstrated great leadership skills as a project participant.
For a Youth Music funded project that pushes the boundaries to promote inclusive music-making.
For an individual, collective or project that has made an outstanding commitment to local community and/or social justice issues.
For an outstanding live performance by an artist or group. This can either be from an in-person or virtual gig.
For outstanding technical skills in music production, engineering, mixing and/or mastering.
For outstanding lyrics in an original track by an artist or group.
For an outstanding music video by an artist or group involved in a Youth Music-funded project.
Entrants to the music categories will have their tracks heard by a judging panel of music industry figures, including Bicep, Mahalia, and many more.
Check out the first-wave of judges, with more to be announced later in the year.
"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, Business Development Director, Hal Leonard Europe
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