The Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists (PDGYA) awards have helped kick start the careers of artists including Thomas Gould, Elizabeth Watts and Craig Ogden, by providing up-and-coming classical musicians with performing opportunities with Making Music’s 3,500+ 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. They will benefit from publicity in Making Music’s Selected Artists guide, on its website, other publications and social media. The artists will also be offered an unpaid lunchtime recital engagement at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London and an unpaid presentation concert for Making Music members.
I have been immensely privileged to be a PDGYA winner this year, and am so excited by the incredible opportunities I have been offered as part of this.
Florian Mitrea, 2017 PDGYA winner
How to apply
Thank you for your interest in the PDYGA awards. Applications have now closed for the 2019 awards and will reopen in November 2019. If you would like us to update you with news about the awards and when you can next apply, contact us
You can apply for the awards via online form. The online form for 2020 applications will be available on this page later in the year.
If you are not a UK citizen you must be able to provide evidence that you are eligible to live and work in the UK for the entire period of the Award (May 2020 – April 2022 for 2020 applicants).
The age range for all applicants is 21-27 on or before 1 April of the year of award.
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. 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.
I feel very lucky to have been a Young Artist over the last two seasons (2014-16) and my sincere thanks to Making Music for making it possible. I am always raving about this fantastic scheme to my fellow musicians and have felt very supported. Many of my concerts as an AYCA Artist have led to re-invitations, both for recitals at music clubs and as soloist for various orchestras.
Joo Yeon Sir, 2014 PDGYA winner