Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists

The Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists (PDGYA) awards have helped kick start the careers of artists including Steven Isserlis, Elizabeth Watts and Craig Ogden, by providing up-and-coming classical musicians with performing opportunities with Making Music’s 3,200+ member groups.

The six chosen artists are promoted to our members for engagements at fixed rates (£250 for solo artists, £500 for artists with accompanists) subsidised by Making Music for up to 50 bookings each year. 

Being a part of the Making Music Award for Young Concert Artist scheme has been a pleasure from start to finish. It's not just 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 PDGYA winner

How to apply

Applications for 2018 will open in November 2017.


The applicant must prove that, based on the laws and regulations in force at the closing date for applications (12 February) and his/her personal circumstances, he/she automatically has permission to continue to reside and work in the UK following completion of higher education.


Applicants are required to submit details of a varied programme of approximately one hour for instrumentalists and 45 minutes for vocalists. The adjudicators will request up to 15 minutes of music to be performed from this programme. All candidates should select the first piece they wish to present and this chosen work should be introduced briefly to the adjudicators. Instrumentalists are required to select this work from the baroque or classical periods. After the first piece, all candidates must be prepared to perform any of the music in their submitted programme.


Adjudicators will assess personality, presentation, organisation and balance of programme as well as musical performance. Candidates should give careful thought to their submitted programme in consultation with their accompanist. General advice on programmes can be obtained from the Administrator.  However, the Administrator will not approve or reject any specific work or programme.