Awards for Young Musicians

Giving talent a chance

Celebrating our 20th anniversary

This autumn we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary with the release of 20 short films following the stories of young musicians who’ve been supported by AYM across the last two decades.  Here’s our patron Sir Simon Rattle, to tell you more.

 


“It gives me great pleasure to introduce this film series celebrating Awards for Musicians’ 20th birthday!

Every child deserves the chance to make the most of their potential in life. AYM gives musical talent a chance. The barriers are high if a family is struggling financially and if life is challenging in other ways too. Since 1998 AYM has been supporting young people, their parents, teachers, and the wider sector to make a musical life possible for those with exceptional potential – those who have both the need and the ability to communicate through music. Such talent is precious: it needs identifying, sustaining and nurturing: exactly what AYM does.

In the 20 years since AYM’s founding, when I became its very first Patron, much has changed in music education. AYM has changed too, and is now a significant player in the sector, where it focuses on those most in need. This work is made possible thanks to the ever-growing support of donors and funders across the UK. Sadly AYM’s help is now needed more than ever as the arts are increasingly sidelined in schools and music funding constantly threatened.

I’m extremely proud of the transformative difference our charity has made to so many young people’s musical futures, demonstrated so richly within these pages, and I’m delighted to see that one of the musicians featured, Duncan Ward, whom I chose as my Conducting Scholar at the Berlin Philharmonic is now an AYM Patron himself! The need for AYM has never been greater. I urge you to continue to lend your support in any way you can. Every child deserves it.”


The films are being be released online across autumn 2018.  To be first to see the films, please make sure you are following AYM on social media

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The printed book of the stories featuring photography by Edward Webb and design by Roberto Beretta will be published in late October 2018.  To request a copy please email enquiries@a-y-m.org.uk.


1. Jennifer Pike

2. Jess Gillam

3. Kwasi Sefa-Attakora

4. Myla Newell

5.  Dan Moore

6. Julian Bliss


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