Award for Young Concert Artists
Making Music supports the best young musicians by providing them with vital concert and recital experience across the UK through our Award for Young Concert Artists scheme.
Last modified on: 25/11/2013
This prestigious award, now in its 53rd year, 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 member groups. In the current arts scene, where funding is more scarce than ever, it can be difficult for talented musicians at the beginning of their careers to get real-world performance experience. Making Music is ideally placed to help, as many of our member groups need high-quality soloists for their concerts, but may not find it easy to afford the high fees normally associated with professional artists without the subsidy provided by the scheme.
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.
Each year, AYCA winners listed here can be engaged by any Making Music member group. Member groups can also tap into some of the very best young musicians to programme into their concert season through one of our discounted artist booking schemes.
'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
Our new brochure featuring the 2013 Award for Young Concert Artists winners, alongside professional musicians and ensembles selected by the Concert Promoters' Group.
2014 Award – call for applications
Apply now for the AYCA 2014 awards