YAMawards 2023 is here

  • about 1 year ago

It's time for the YAMawards 2023: Apply now!

YAMawards is an international award for excellence in the field of musical productions for young audiences, which recognizes creativity and innovation in the field of musical production for young audiences.

The 14th edition of the YAMawards is officially open and accepting applications, with six marvelous categories with 6 winners!

All soloists, groups, ensembles or ochestras producing live music for audiences under 18 years of age are welcome to participate. Entries will be analyzed and judged based on the quality of music, the quality of performance, the relevance/necessity of the program, audience communication and international touring potential.

The YAMawards 2023 will feature six different categories, each with its own winner:

- Best Small Ensemble - for Young Audiences Award

- Best Large Ensemble - for Young Audiences Award (Groups of 8+ / Orchestras / Etc)

- Best Opera - for Young Audiences Award

- Best School Concert - for Young Audiences Award

- Best Participatory Project - with Young Audiences Award (Projects where the participation of young audiences / the process are the main focus)

- Public Choice Award (selected from the top 4 nominees in each category, by public vote)

Previous winners include The Alehouse Sessions (Norway), Almir & Daniel (Norway), Nobellum (Norway), Oumpapa (France), Pay The Piper (United Kingdom), Upptakturinn (Iceland), Wild (Hong Kong), Orthemis Orchestra (Spain), Zonzo Compagnie (Belgium), Shadow Music (Norway), and La Balle Rouge (France).

The Alehouse Session (NORWAY)

Application Process & Jury

Applications close on the 15th of May, 2023, at 23:59 CET.

International juries of YAMawards consist of young audiences professionals from JM International (JMI) and RESEO (the European Network for Opera & Dance Education). The list of 2023 YAMA nominees will be announced online by mid-October 2023, followed by public voting.

Public Choice Award & Voting

On October 10, 2023, the nominations for the 2023 YAMawards will be announced online (on the YAMawards website) and open for public voting. Voting will close on the 10th of November 2023 at 20:00 CET.

Voting takes place via the YAMawards - users must create a profile and each production will have one vote possible.

Prizes YAMawards winners will receive cash prizes in the following categories:

- Best Small Ensemble for Young Audiences: €1000

- Best Large Ensemble for Young Audiences: €1000

- Best Opera for Young Audiences : €1000 (Powered by RESEO)

- Best School Concert for Young Audiences : €1000

- Best Participation Project with Young Audiences : €1000

- Public Choice Award : €1000

Each nominee's representative will be invited to the YAMawards Ceremony on November 10th, in Sao Paulo / Tetui, Brazil.

YAMawards Ceremony & YAMsession

The winners will be announced at the YAMawards Ceremony that will take place on the 10th of November, 2023, during the YAMsession.

YAMsession is an annual international music conference, which includes international showcases from several countries, a producers’ forum and a host of provocative talks, encounters and debates between creative professionals working in the field of young audiences music development. This year’s YAMsession will be held in Sao Paulo / Tetui, Brazil, from the 6th to the 12th of November.


Please apply via the following online application form on: Mubazar

Terms & Conditions

Download the: YAMawards 2023 terms and conditions


For more info please contact us at:

+32 2 513 97 74 or info@yamawards.org