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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: 17/09/2015

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The Philip and Dorothy Green 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.

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 subsidy of £150 for soloists (and a further £100 for accompanist) that 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.

‘Being a part of the Making Music Award for Young Concert Artist scheme has been a pleasure from start to finish. It's not about the financial and calendar-filling perks of being on the scheme, but the musical experiences themselves: the wonderful variety of Britain's music clubs, the enthusiastic audiences, and often idyllic settings have provided me with some of the most memorable of all my performances in recent years.’

Joseph Houston, 2013 AYCA winner

Apply for AYCA 2016

Six Young Concert Artists are chosen annually by audition and publicised to our network of over 3,000 member groups, in the Selected Artists guide, through which they may be offered professional engagements at a fixed fee of £250. The artists will also be offered an unpaid recital engagement at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London and an unpaid presentation concert for Making Music members

How to apply

1. Download the application form using the link below.

2. Complete and submit the form together with your CV, a list of the major works in your repertoire, and a 150-word biography.

3. Applications must be submitted by email only to the Awards Administrator at, to arrive by 5pm on Friday 8 January 2016.


Candidates must be EU citizens, UK residents and available for engagements in the UK from mid-2016 to mid-2018. The age range for all applicants is 21 to 27 on or before 1 April 2016.

Please note that only the first 75 applicants will be eligible for audition.

Audition details

Auditions will be held between 8 – 12 February 2016 at the Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Rd, London SW7 2BS. If necessary, applicants must bring their own accompanists.

About AYCA

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.

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