Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists

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 3,300+ 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 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

How to apply

Applications for the 2018/19 scheme are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 will open in late 2018. Please get in touch if you'd like us to send you a reminder by email when applications open.


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 2019 - April 2021).

The age range for all applicants is 21-27 on or before 1 April 2019.


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.