Young Audiences Music Award 2012

Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) launches a call for nominations for the Young Audiences Music Award 2012, 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 to apply today! Deadline for submissions is August 15th 2012, thereafter an international panel of experts will select 10 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 2000 € (Production of the year) and 1000 € (Public Award), 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 Brussels, Belgium on the 3rd of November 2012 at the Big Bang Festival.

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. 

The Young Audiences Music Award is a project of Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI). All of JMI’s work with young audiences is based on the underlying principl 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