Awards for Young Musicians

Giving talent a chance

Neil Phillips: Programme Manager

I have been passionate about music from the point I first picked up a guitar aged 14 and painfully taught myself my first few chords. Following stints in local bands I went on the study music performance and pop culture at Kidderminster College before being spotted and asked to join a professional rock band in London. I then spent the next 10 years composing and releasing music on various record labels and touring internationally across Europe, the USA and Asia. I have been lucky enough to release several albums and have songs included on the soundtracks to films and computer games.

Following this I retrained as a youth worker back in my native midlands and began working with vulnerable people from different backgrounds, helping them to overcome a range barriers. This led on to managing a local authority commissioned project supporting young carers from Worcestershire. I found my second calling in the voluntary sector and have developed a huge passion for supporting some of the most marginalised people in society, from young carers, to veterans, to young people within the criminal justice system.

I am absolutely delighted to come on board with Awards for Young Musicians as the Programme Manager for Furthering Talent and Practical Progression as it combines the two professional elements I have a drive to work with: music and supporting people. I still compose, record and perform to this day but more as a hobby and I also sit on the committee of the Worcester Music Festival which is a huge supporter of grassroots and amateur music.