Award for Young Concert Artists
Through this award scheme, Making Music makes it easier and more affordable for voluntary music groups to work with the very best young professional musicians in the UK by giving members subsidies to help with engagement fees for winning artists.
Last modified on: 08/07/2014
In the current economic climate, where arts funding is scarcer than ever, it can be tough for amateur music groups to engage high-quality soloists for their concerts. The £120 subsidy we provide makes it realistic for our members to book these talented musicians at the start of their careers, who in turn get crucial real-world performance experience and opportunities to raise their profile.
The Award for Young Concert Artists (AYCA) has helped kick start the careers of artists including Steven Isserlis, Elizabeth Banks and Craig Ogden, by providing up-and-coming classical musicians with performing opportunities with Making Music’s 3,000+ Group members.
'The professional engagements offered to me through the Philip and Dorothy Green Award have proved invaluable to my development as a concert artist. I would encourage all young musicians to apply to this excellent scheme.'
Lucy Roberts, 2012 AYCA winner and recipient of the Music for Alice bursary
The Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists has helped to launch the careers of dozens of young musicians since its creation in 1961. To see the photos of the award alumni, please visit our Young Artist set on Flickr.
In 2002, the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust secured the future of AYCA with the largest single donation Making Music has ever received.
Applications for the 2015 awards will open in autumn 2014. Watch this space!
Our brochure featuring the Award for Young Concert Artists winners, alongside professional musicians and ensembles selected by the Concert Promoters' Group.
Find out about our AYCA 2014 winners