New Music Stage

Female Guitarists
Deadline: 12pm on Monday 9th April 2018
Various, Birmingham
Produced by: 
Sound and Music in partnership with Music For Youth




Do you create and enjoy new, original music? Do you want to hear your music showcased at Music for Youth’s National Festival in Birmingham in July? If so, we want to hear from you!

Music for Youth and Sound and Music are celebrating the creation of new music by some of the best, most diverse and talented young musicians from across the UK at MFY’s National Festival in July 2018. We are looking for six new compositions,varying in musical style and written for a range of performing groups, to be performed live on MFY’s New Music Stage. If your piece is selected to be performed at the five-day National Festival, you will also benefit from expert advice from professional musicians, composers and music educators.

As well as the opportunity to have your work showcased at Music for Youth’s National Festival, one of the composers, or creators, will receive the Sound and Music New Music Partnership as part of MFY Connects,
leading to further bespoke artistic development opportunities.

Who can take part?

We want to hear from any musician, aged between 12 and 21, who creates original,
new music; this can range from song-writing for an indie band to using unique
software and hardware for music creation, such as Ableton, to composing for a
symphony orchestra. All submissions must have been composed after January 2017.

Music for Youth and Sound and Music encourage submissions from schools,
organisations working with young composers and individual composers. We also
welcome applications from electronic musicians and composers using digital
audio technology.

New Music Stage provides a
public performance opportunity, so in addition to submitting a new work,
you need to know who will perform your new music and/or how you will realise
your work. Performers should also be aged between 12 and 21. They could be
friends, a group from your school or local organisation, or an independent
group you’ve worked with before.

What are we looking for?

  • New, original music 
  • Any form of creative expression through sound
  • Music that spans any genre or style
  • Any line-up of musicians with two or more
  • Submissions should be a maximum of 10 minutes
  • Short submissions are equally welcome

Previous entries
have included

  • Music for voice (vocal groups; small/large
  • Instrumental music (small/large groups,
    amplified and/or acoustic)
  • Mixed groups (any combinations)
  • Electronic performances with a live element
  • Songwriter/bands

How to apply

Please submit the following information:


  • Your name, age and contact details (and/or
    details of the writer/composer if you are submitting on behalf of them)
  • A short statement about you, your musical
    background/influences and your submission (max. 250 words)
  • A recording/demo of the work  
    • Upload an original track to Soundcloud, YouTube
      or Vimeo (max. 10 mins duration)
    • Information about who will perform your work at
      the Music for Youth National Festival
      • Name of group/band leader
      • Age range of performers
      • Number of performers
      • Contact details of lead organiser
      • If the group/band leader and/or any of the
        performers are under 16 years, you must provide contact details of the
      • Please note that you must have confirmed this
        group’s availability to perform at the National Festival in July 2018 before making
        this application. The National Festival 2018 will run from 3 to 7 July 2018

Submit if available

  • A video of a performance of the piece (YouTube
    or Vimeo link)
  • A lead sheet/chord chart/score/musical map of
    your piece as appropriate

FOR SUBMISSIONS: 12pm on Tuesday 3 April 2018

What happens next?

After the closing date, a group of professional composers and artists
will review all the submissions received on behalf of Music for Youth and Sound
and Music. They will choose six works to be performed across Music for Youth’s National Festival
2018 will be programmed as part of the main festival programme. Performance
stages include Symphony Hall, Town Hall and the CBSO Centre.

Applications close at 12pm on Monday 9 April 2018. Music for Youth will contact all programmed applicants by the end of April 2018.

The recipient of the Sound and Music New Music Partnership will
be announced in September 2018 as part of MFY Connects. The recipient of this
award will receive a bespoke package of support from Sound and Music, and may have further performance opportunities
for their showcase work.

Visit the New Music Stage page on the Music for Youth website for more information
and to submit your entry.

Music for Youth’s New Music Stage
2018 is produced in partnership
with Sound and Music. 

If you have any questions about
your submission, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Music for Youth at or on 020 7759 1830.

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To apply for this opportunity 

Deadline: 12pm Monday 9th April 2018

Apply here>>

Interested in composing and under 25? 

Take a look at our Young Composers toolkit or check out our SaM Summer School! 


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