Young Audiences Music Award 2010

Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) launches a call for nominations for the Young Audiences Music Award 2010, an international prize that will celebrate top musical productions for children and youth.

Do you know a young audiences production with impact? Visit the all-new www.yama-award.com to apply today! Deadline for submissions is May 1st 2010, thereafter an international panel of experts will select 5 finalists to be presented online and open for public vote. The best productions, one selected by the expert panel and the other by public vote, will win €2,500 each, towards a future production for young people and children. The winners will be revealed at the Young Audiences Music Award ceremony to take place in Skanderborg,  Denmark in October 2010.

Looking at the quality of productions presented in schools and within education and audience development programs today, it’s obvious that a new standard has been set. What we see are productions nothing short of spectacular – in terms of artistry but also in terms of message. The once common ‘What instrument is this? lesson’ is being fast replaced by subtle teachings on social, environmental, and intercultural issues through music.

Blasko Smilevski, JMI Secretary General

The Young Audiences Music Award aims to identify and support cutting-edge productions that impact young people with both social and artistic value, targeting and engaging vulnerable/at-risk groups of youth from marginalized communities and deprived areas, addressing issues of vital concern (eg. violence, poverty, discrimination, abuse, HIV/AIDS) and that use music as a tool to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding. All of JMI’s work with young audiences is based on the underlying principal that all children and youth should receive access to music/culture as a fundamental human right. Thus, although in many nations we now celebrate an improvement in the music programs of education institutions, the YAMA serves as a beacon of hope to those still facing less than desirable circumstances, to continue the fight for this crucial sector of human development.

For more information please check the project homepage – Young Audiences Music Award or the Facebook Page