For a track written and recorded by a solo artist.
For a Youth Music funded project that pushes the boundaries to promote inclusive music-making.
For outstanding technical skills in music production, engineering, mixing and/or mastering.
For a rising musical group or solo artist that is making waves in the music industry.
For an outstanding live performance by an artist or group. This can either be from an in-person or virtual gig.
For outstanding lyrics in an original track by an artist or group.
For a track written and recorded by a group (two or more people).
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 an individual, collective or project that has made an outstanding commitment to local community and/or social justice issues.
For a young person who has demonstrated great leadership skills as a project participant.
This year, the Youth Music Awards afterparty will be sponsored by Downtown.
Pa Salieu, Dreya Mac, Jordss and Yung T & Bugzy have all closed the night with afterparty performances.
Watch this space to see who will be playing at the Youth Music Awards 2023 afterparty.
Youth Music NextGen Creatives
As part of the awards, we offer 18-25 year old creatives paid opportunities to work on the event, alongside a team of experienced professionals.
Having young people involved makes the event unique, and what differentiates it from other industry award ceremonies. We're therefore excited that LCCM (London College of Contemporary Music) have come on board this year to sponsor these roles.
NextGen paid roles include hosting, video editing, production support, and running and all those working at the event will also receive training opportunities to help progress their careers.
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This year, we have a total of 45 projects and young people nominated for the Youth Music Awards, coming from all corners of the country. With 84% of our funding being outside of London, travel continues to be a major barrier for nominees attending the event. However, at Youth Music, we strive to make the awards as inclusive as possible and aim to overcome the obstacles that prevent nominee presence. With the sponsorship from Sony Music, every nominee will have the means to attend the awards, and celebrate their success with a room full of their peers and industry professionals.
We would also like to say massive thanks to the RSL Awards for sponsoring the Youth Music Awards 2023 brochure.