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Inspirational Music Leader Award sponsored by the MU

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About the MU

The Musicians’ Union represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business. We offer a range of services for self-employed professional and student musicians of all ages, including £2000 instrument / equipment insurance, £10million Public Liability Insurance, contract advice, careers guidance, legal help, and experts on hand whenever you need them. As a trade union, we negotiate with all the major employers in the industry and lobby Government on the big issues affecting you. For more information, visit

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

This award is for music leaders aged over 25. If the music leader is aged 25 or under, please nominate them for the Young Leader Award instead. There's no need to nominate the same person multiple times - the shortlist is chosen on the content of nominations rather than the number.

You're about to enter the 2021 Youth Music Awards! If you have any trouble with any part of this form, please drop us an email:

The Awards are free to enter, and open to anyone who has taken part in a project funded by Youth Music since January 2015. You can nominate yourself, a friend, a family member or someone you've worked with on a project.

Please note that if your nomination is shortlisted, we may use information you provide about why this nominee deserves to win in publicity for the Youth Music Awards (e.g. on our website, social media, Awards brochure).

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Nominee details

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Project details

This should be an organisation which has run a Youth Music project within the last five years.
If you know the name of the project(s) you or the act you're nominating has taken part in with the above organisation, please list them here:

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Project profiles

If you'd like to share any additional links to music and social media profiles from the project the person you're nominating works for, you can do this below. This information won't be used to judge the entry, but it will help us share their music with a wider audience!


A couple of final things...

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Award winner Neil Card with Viki Smith from PMLL. Photo by Blouhaus Photography.

2019 shortlist

Learn more about the winner and nominees for the 2019 Inspirational Music Leader Award sponsored by PMLL.