Music For Youth Festival
Be Inspired. Get Involved.
Established in 1970, our mission is simple: we believe that music, and the chance to participate in high-quality musical activities, should be open to every young person.
Music for Youth is about nurturing not only the next generation of musical talent, but the next generation full stop. Whether you’re a violinist, or beatboxer, a young person who’s never had the chance to experience live music, or the leader of a primary school choir just starting out, we have something for you, or for the young people you work with. We pride ourselves on being open, accessible, and welcoming, so don’t be shy.
Taking place between January and April every year, the Music for Youth Regional Festival series is the first stop on our annual season, and welcomes 40,000 young musicians to take part in the world’s largest youth music festival in 50 locations nationwide.
This is a chance for them to perform and share their music-making, listen to performances from other local groups, meet other musicians, and gain valuable feedback. This is also a first chance to learn new skills and get advice on how your group can develop, from our team of Music for Youth Music Mentors who give feedback on all performances. By registering for the Regional Festival Series groups then have access to further Music for Youth events and opportunities across the year, such as National Festival
The Regional Festival Series is free to take part in and open to any type of group, style of music, and standard of playing. We only ask that you’re a group of two or more musicians, aged 21 or under.