GIVE MUSIC A FUTURE is a cooperation project co-funded by the culture program Creative Europe of the European Union. It counts 8 partners of 7 different countries: United Kingdom, Netherlands, Turkey, Lithuania, Spain, Luxembourg and Germany. GIVE MUSIC A FUTURE wants to promote young European musicians with performances in 7 countries, providing them with the essential skills to engage with different audiences all over Europe. They will leave the concert halls and take the music to places where you and I meet. GIVE MUSIC A FUTURE will turn youth music competitions into an interactive experience of art.

Watch the video from Istanbul, Reach out session with young musicians and local workers, here

Photo credit: Mindaugas Mikulėnas

"This project was an amazing experience for all of us." "I am making music." Iris Maaß

Summary of the project

GIVE MUSIC A FUTURE proposes a diverse set of activities: international workshops on audience communication, interactive performances, reach out sessions with young refugees, immigrants, traveller kids and underrepresented groups, musical theater for families, online competition with one rule: everything except The classical repertoire and performance, interdisciplinary concerts with professional orchestras and an international premiere of a contemporary composition.

All activities are played by young emerging musicians, selected and awarded by the partners' music competitions. Every activity will be assessed in a systematic way.


Upcoming activities

Discover Music Tour

Luxemburg, Spain, Germany, 26th February –11th March 2018

EMCY in cooperation with UGDA Music School, Jeunesses Musicales Spain and the Flying Gorillas will organize the Discover Music Tour in 3 European countries. Three EMCY Prize will begin with the practical introduction and preparation session with the experienced British audience developers Nigel Warrack and Susana Garcia and afterward will give outreach sessions and evening concerts in Luxembourg, Spain and Germany.

Surprising Star, online competition on YouTube

The Netherlands, 2018

Surprising Stars online music competition is a fantastic opportunity for students or recent graduates from music conservatories all over Europe. The aim of the competition is to support young musicians in building their own online audience, and to give them a platform that may help them to gain recognition in Europe. The Metropole Orkest, the world’s leading pop and jazz orchestra from the Netherlands, is the main partner of Surprising Stars. The musicians having a chance at winning a solo performance with China Moses and the Metropole Orkest in The Netherlands in May 2018.

The Surprising Stars online music competition is open to musicians of every instrument. Participants must be born between 1 May 1992 and 1 May 2002. The competition is open to musicians who are currently obtaining a professional education at a European conservatory or music university, have recently graduated from their music studies in Europe, or are about to enroll into music education in Europe.

Candidates submit entry – deadline 16 March 2018 at 12:00PM GMT+1.

More info here

Young Hearts for Music Tour

Germany, Austria, June 2018

Four prize winners meet in a multi-day workshop at the Landesmusikschule Kufstein (Austria), giving the young musicians the possibility to get to know each other and to practice the repertoire with experienced instructors. Out of four musicians from four different countries a chamber music quartet will be formed; European cooperation in its purest sense! The tour will be performed in 5 mostly small towns in Germany and Austria (Kufstein, Traun, Bad Ischl, Eggenfelden, Munich).

International Workshop for Young Artists “Amber sitting-room”

Palanga, Lithuania, June 2018

During the seven days of workshop, four prize winners will have a unique chance to be taught by world-known and experienced international teachers, meet other European young musicians, exchange good practices and perform together.

Interdisciplinary concert with the Nürnberger Symphoniker

Germany, Nürnberg, 2018

Two prize winners will play as soloists with the Nürnberger Symphoniker, a professional and world-famous orchestra. The concert will be combined with a video installation of a young European video artist. This concert will not only provide the young musicians with an exceptional professional opportunity, but it will illustrate a new and alternative concert format. With this format EMCY and the Nürnberger Symphoniker want to address a different and broader audience.


Turkey, 2018

BT Music and Performing Arts School will create a musical theatre for children (ages 5-11) and their parents, based on very successful books about composers' lives called ‘Classical Music Tales’. It will bring parents and children together to share and find new interest in music. The young musicians will perform two musical theatres around the Turkish youth music competition and one final concert performed by four EMCY prize winners of the partners and winners of the Turkish competition.

Past activities

International cooperation for reaching underrepresented groups in Lithuania

Lithuania, 2nd - 8th November 2016

Together with EMCY and the Flying Gorillas, the Balys Dvarionas Foundation organized a six-day-seminar for two EMCY  prize winners, Iris Maaß and Stefan Iliev, teaching them how to perform and communicate arts to children with disabilities and special needs as well as for young people at refugee camps. The prize winners performed at Children's Hospital in Vilnius, Pabrade Social Foster Home and Pabrade Foreigners Registration Center, where they reached out to underrepresented groups of people in Lithuania. Their performances were created to integrate ethnic minorities and to gave these groups access to music, culture and European values. This seminar was also broaden the knowledge of classically trained young musicians as well as their expression and musical communication through learning the interaction with new styles (like hip-hop). More information

Photo credit: Mindaugas Mikulėnas

Reach out session: 4-days Workshop with young musicians and local workers

Istanbul, Turkey, 2nd - 5th December 2016

Martin Zayranov, prize winner of International Competition Young Virtuosos and Nikica Polegubić, prize winner of Anna Amalia Competition for Young Guitarists (Weimar), together with Alim Kurtmemetov (clarinet), Isil Cilli (flute) and Asli Ozgonul (voice) performed at four workshops. The musical director of the Flying Gorillas, Nigel Warrack and Susana Garcia led the workshop for children and young adults. The unofficial partners were United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other 6 NGO's. More information

Watch the video from Istanbul, Reach out session with young musicians and local workers, here

Homage a Heifetz

Vilnius, Lithuania  2nd – 19th February 2017

The project was in the framework of the International Jascha Heifetz Competition for Violinists. In cooperation with Natų knygynas a special interactive space remembering the Jewish history of Vilnius was created. The activities were a series of dialogues about integration of ethnic minorities into society or the accessibility of unrepresented groups through art, among others topics, and a series concerts performed by four EMCY Prize winners. More information here

Photo credit: Mindaugas Mikulėnas

New Children´s Show

London, 20th February - 3rd March 2017

Against the background of the EU referendum, the partners of GIVE MUSIC A FUTURE are especially delighted to include a UK organization in this project. In London in January, February 2017 a new children's show with live music from European prize winners was planned with truly European performances in theatres, schools and unconventional venues to reach children in mainstream education, special schools, children's hospice and legal Travelers' site.

Photo Credit: Flying Gorillas

Discover Music! Outreach workshop (former Young Talents on Tour)

Luxemburg, Germany, Spain, 7th – 18th March 2017

Three young EMCY Prize winners worked with pupils from public schools with high percentage of migrants. After a 5-days workshop in Luxembourg at the UGDA Music School with the practical introduction and preparation session, they gave outreach sessions and evening concerts in Luxembourg, Germany and Spain. The tour is planned also for 2018 and it will be in cooperation with UGDA Music School, Jeunesses Musicales Spain and the Flying Gorillas.

''GIVE MUSIC A FUTURE was a unique experience that inspired me in many ways. It made me realise how music can connect people from different countries and social backgrounds and how it can spread joy and happiness among all people.'' Beatrice Picard


Photo credit: Uli Römer


Without Borders! workshop

Germany, 13th - 18th June 2017

Workshop on audience communication, rhetoric and interdisciplinary cooperation. Ten young EMCY Prize winners learned how to make the most of their own marketing.

Midterm Conference

Germany, 16th - 18th June 2017, Conference at the Landesmusikakademie Rhineland-Palatinate

Topics: midterm evaluation of GIVE MUSIC A FUTURE, new business models for youth music competitions - Jeunesses Musicales Spain And Natu knygynas presented their business models. The conference overlaped with the activity Without Borders! and gave all partners the possibility to participate in several actions of this activity as rhetoric seminars.


Spanish and Luxembourgish Premiere! of a contemporary composition

Spain, Luxembourg, 10th November- 17th December 2017

To stimulate the inclusion of contemporary compositions in the repertoire of youth music competitions, this European premiere featured the work of a young European composer awarded at the 36th Young Composers Competition, Elena Rykova. She worked with a prize winner saxophone quartet. They opened the Luxembourgish Concours ''Luxembourgeois pour Jeunes Solistes & European Competition for Young Soloists'' and then they performed 3 concerts in Spain.

Surprising Stars, online competition on YouTube

The Netherlands, 2017

The Stichting Musonia Foundation published a call for musicians (under 26 years) from all over Europe to make a YouTube movie that surprises! The competitors played everything except the classical repertoire. Jazz, improvisation, mixing different arts, playing with a DJ, music mixes with words, creative presentations etc. were welcomed! Two prize winners selected each by a professional jury of musicians and an audience jury.


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The European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) is the applicant organisation of the proposal. GIVE MUSIC A FUTURE will boost EMCY efforts in stimulating new competition formats and new performance formats, appropriate to develop audiences at youth music competitions and to provide Europe´s tomorrow’s musicians with essential skills to be successful in the future.

The Ecole de musique de l'Union Grand-Duc Adolphe (UGDA Music School) organises numerous extracurricular activities on local, regional, national, European and international level such as training and development workshops for children and young adults. It organises also bilateral and multilateral exchanges in collaboration with other cultural and youth organisations and is focusing on expanding the presence of the contemporary repertoire in its competitions as well as the cooperation of emerging musicians with young composers.

The Flying Gorillas is a London based cultural organization that provides training and development for professional and emerging artists through cross-art form laboratories, performances and workshops with children aged 3 - 11 and young people. The Flying Gorillas also have a long standing expertise with young Travellers and Roma, people with learning disabilities and children in hospital.

The Stichting Musonia promotes classical music for a diverse and big audience. The organisation develops platforms, new concert formats and several events, also performed by Musonia Orchestra & Ensemble.

Photo: Foppe Schut

The Lithuanian non-profit organisation Natų knygynas has a long tradition in national and international educational events for children and young adults. Among the current and upcoming events for youth is the anti-piracy project. It raises awareness for the protection of music copyrights through seminars in the major Lithuanian music schools.

The Lithuanian Balys Dvarionas Charity and Support Foundation nurtures the heritage of the Lithuanian composer Balys Dvarionas and stimulates cultural activities and creative artistic self-expression of the youth. It promotes musical talents in the pre-professional area on national and European level. The foundation also organises the National Balys Dvarionas Competition Piano and String Competition in which the majority of today renowned Lithuanian pianists and string players have started their musical careers.

The Turkish partner, the BT Music and Performing Arts School for children and young adults was founded in 1997 in Istanbul. Its education programme aims to introduce children and young adults to music, theatre and dance. Their second field of experience is capacity-building for teachers, music counseling, leading international educational excursions and projects of social responsibility, the latest including works with underprivileged, mentally and physically handicapped children and adolescents.

The Spanish partner Juventudes Musicales de España (JM Spain) is the Spanish confederation member of the world´s largest youth cultural movement, the network Jeunesses Musicales. JM Spain has over 60 years of experiences in music competitions and promotion of Spanish prize winners and the exchange with other European and international music organizations. It has a long experience in supporting the active musical participation at all levels, the global exchange of musicians, experts, teachers and know-how.

Christina Coker, from the OBE, is a renowned expert in audience development and music education for young audiences and non-audiences as well as formal and non-formal music education. It is important to note that this is not the case.

Funds of the Creative Europe programme flow exclusively into the GIVE MUSIC A FUTURE project.

Last updated: 25.01.2018

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