European Union of Music Competitions for Youth

EMCY is the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth: a network of over fifty national and international music competitions for young people across Europe.

We believe that music competitions stimulate passionate musicianship. For many young people, they’re a first glimpse of performing in public, playing in ensembles, or of breaking out of orthodox repertoire. Every year, thousands of musicians under the age of twenty-five take part in our competitions, and our projects reach audiences across the continent.

You’ll find profiles of our latest prize winners here, but the work we undertake is for the benefit of all young musicians, everywhere. We keep our member competitions connected, enabling them to share educational, practical and musical know-how and to boost participation and inclusion. And through our Quality Standards we ensure fairness in our competitions, as well as helping new competitions build up their scope, ambitions, and results.


1001_logo_wertebuendnis_bayern_cmyk_3-75x2-5cm EMCY is partner of the Wertebündnis Bayern, an alliance initiated by the Bavarian government to promote values as responsible cooperation, integration, democracy, culture etc. among Bavarian youth.

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We believe that music competitions stimulate passionate musicianship. For many, they’re a first glimpse of performing in public, playing in ensembles, or of breaking out of orthodox repertoire. They foster a sense of healthy self-assessment, can help conquer nerves and instil an electric stage presence, and motivate practise. We believe young people can be inspired by experiencing fresh interpretations and techniques and discovering new works, and make new friends from other European cultures in the process.

 
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