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Nominees Announced for Youth Music Awards 2023

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Pictured: Lily Fontaine of English Teacher / Credit: Will Ireland

Meet the next generation of music stars shaking up the industry...

  • 39 nominees have been selected across 12 categories by an esteemed panel of industry experts.
  • Judges include Chicken Shop Date presenter Amelia Dimoldenberg, synthpop band Hot Chip and DJ duo Bicep.
  • The Youth Music Awards takes place on 18 October at Troxy, London.

The Youth Music Awards in association with Hal Leonard Europe will showcase the next generation of musical talent on Wednesday 18 October 2023 at Troxy, London.

Public voting is now open for the Music Video Award, sponsored by YouTube. This year’s award showcases the work of six nominees who have been involved in a Youth Music funded project. You can vote from Wednesday 13 September and until n Tuesday 3 October.

The awards represent a more diverse, inclusive and creative music industry, by platforming young people facing the biggest barriers to accessing music. Last year’s winners have achieved significant success since the awards, including Leeds band English Teacher, who won the Rising Star Award (Artist) and recently released a new single with Island Records and secured a slot at this year’s Glastonbury. In addition, artist, songwriter and producer Sans Soucis, 2022 winner, has since gone on to sign a deal with Decca Records, and open for Rina Sawayama.

Fleur East, singer-songwriter and Hits Radio UK presenter, Amelia Dimoldenberg, Chicken Shop Date star and youth services advocate and Joy Crookes, singer and Brit nominated Rising Star, were among the judges reviewing the awards.  Categories include Original Track Award (Group), Young Leader Award, Social Action Award, and Inspirational Music Leader Award, backed by sponsors including Spotify, TikTok and Ticketmaster

Youth Music CEO, Matt Griffiths, says: “It’s so exciting to see the people and projects innovating within the grassroots music scene. Our judges were blown away by the level of talent and inspirational stories amongst this year’s nominees. The Youth Music Awards continues to showcase what a more diverse future of music could look like, and we want the whole industry to Take Note”.

Fleur East, singer-songwriter, Hits Radio UK presenter and Youth Music Awards judge, says: “Such amazing talent in each of these categories, I thoroughly enjoyed discovering new talent and adding new artists to my playlist. It’s great to be part of a unique event which is clearly building a more diverse music industry of the future.” 

Here are 2023's nominees...

Inspirational Music Leader Award sponsored by The MU

  • Antonia Lines (Come Play With Me C.I.C.)
  • Benjamin Turner (Rap Club Productions C.I.C.)
  • Liz Birch (Midlands Art Centre)

Young Leader Award sponsored by Clintons

  • David Coke (Do your own thing – Heart n Soul)
  • Kobe Francis (The Music Works)
  • Manon Molyneux (The Music Works)

Outstanding Project Award sponsored by TikTok

  • Forté Project, Beacons Cymru
  • Future Collaborations, AutismAble C.I.C.
  • Music in a GP Surgery, Music For Good

Social Action Award sponsored by Hal Leonard Europe

  • Amies Freedom Choir (Pan Intercultural Arts)
  • Knife Angel (The Music Works)
  • Songs & Smiles (The Together Project CIO)

Rising Star Award (Industry) sponsored by Songkick

  • George Buckthought (Harbourside Artist Management)
  • Maria Torres (Saffron Sprinboards Project)
  • Owain Elidir Williams (Youth Music NextGen Fund)
  • Rianne Lewis (Youth Music NextGen Fund)

Lyricist Award sponsored by PRS For Music

  • J4 (Romsey Mill)
  • Qazi & Qazi (Youth Music NextGen Fund)
  • TL (Rap Club Productions C.I.C.)

Live Performance Award sponsored by Ticketmaster

  • ALT BLK ERA (Inspire Youth Arts, Youth Music NextGen Fund)
  • EVA (Audio Active, Youth Music NextGen Fund)
  • Kindelan (Music:Leeds)

Original Track Award (Group) sponsored by Marshall Amplification

  • Big Den, Nemo, Oscar & King Dre – Love Letters (Finding Rhythms CIO)
  • FORM – Confused (Offshoots East Midlands)
  • Gomid (ft QOVŌP) - No One (Perform Radio CIC)
  • Qazi & Qazi – Forward (Youth Music NextGen Fund)
  • Treeboy & Arc – Retirement (MusicLeeds)

Original Track Award (Solo) sponsored by Levi’s

  • Boodz (ft. TL) - Inside Step (Rap Club Productions C.I.C.)
  • Joe Winter – Laughing for the West (Youth Music NextGen Fund)
  • Ni Maxine – Strange Love (Liverpool Lighthouse)
  • YV Shells – LOSS (Youth Music NextGen Fund)

Music Producer Award sponsored by Amazon Music

  • Gaddiel Nketia (Nottingham C.A.N)
  • James Jones (LAB7)
  • Naafi (Youth Music NextGen Fund)

Music Video Award sponsored by YouTube

  • EVA – My One (AudioActive, Youth Music NextGen Fund)
  • George Bloomfield – Goodnight (MusicLeeds)
  • Qazi & Qazi – Forward (Youth Music NextGen Fund)
  • Sarah Angel – Wistful Tenderness (Reform Radio CIC)
  • StudioWyzz – SIP (HQ CAN Community Interest Group)
  • Yv Shells – LOSS (Youth Music NextGen Fund)

Rising Star Award (Artist) sponsored by Dr. Martens

  • ALT BLK ERA (Inspire Youth Arts, Youth Music NextGen Fund)
  • EVA (AudioActive, Youth Music NextGen Fund)
  • Michael Diamond (Youth Music NextGen Fund)
  • TU3SDAY (Harbourside Artist Management)

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