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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

“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.



Discover Music Tour

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

EMCY in cooperation with Egerland-Stiftung, UGDA Music School, Jeunesses Musicales Spain and the Flying Gorillas organized the Discover Music Tour in 3 European countries. Three EMCY Prize winners, traveling in 3 European countries, learned how to engage their proper audience through special and innovative techniques thanks to the British experts Nigel Warrack and Susana Garcia and afterward gave outreach sessions and evening concerts in Luxembourg, Spain and Germany. The musicians were:  Zala Kravos (piano) prizewinner of Concours Luxembourgeois pour Jeunes Solistes (UGDA), Bobby Kostadinov prizewinner of Jugend Musiziert and Bernardo Moreno Quintas Aguiar prizewinner of Concurso Permanente de Juventudes Musicales de España.

Surprising Star, online competition on YouTube

The Netherlands, January – May 2018 (competition), 16th May 2018 (final concert)

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

The Surprising Stars online music competition was open to musicians of every instrument. The competition was open to musicians who were currently obtaining a professional education at a European conservatory or music university, had recently graduated from their music studies in Europe, or were 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 met 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 was formed; European cooperation in its purest sense! The tour was performed in 5 mostly small towns in Germany and Austria (Kufstein, Traun, Bad Ischl, Eggenfelden, Burghausen ).

In 2018, 4 young musicians from Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Slovakia played the tour:

Susana Gómez Vázquez, piano, winner of Concurso Permanente de Juventudes Musicales de España;

Samuel Hirsch, violin, winner of  SJMW CLASSICA;

Sophie Pardatscher, clarinet, winner of  Österreichische Jugendmusikwettbewerbe Prima la Musica;

Juraj Škoda, cello, winner of Talents for Europe.

Their programme featured works of J. S. Bach, A. Ginastera, E. Ysaÿe I. Stravinsky, B. Martinů, G. Miluccio and O. Messiaen.

Concert details

Wednesday, 6  June, 2018| Landesmusikschule

Krankenhausgasse 16 – 86911 Kufstein | 11:00 & 19:30

Thursday, 7 June, 2018| Kulturpark Traun GmbH

Schlossstraße 8A-4050 Traun | 12:00 & 19:00

Friday, 8 June, 2018 | Trinkhalle Bad Ischl

Auböckplatz 5 – 4820 Bad Ischl | 19:30

Saturday, 9 June, 2018| Musikschule Eggenfelden / Fischplatz

Hofmark Gern 29, D-84307 / Fischplatz  | 18:00

Monday, 11 June, 2018| Kurfürst Maximilian Gymnasium

Kanzelmüllerstraße 90 1/2, 84489 Burghausen  | 11:30

International Workshop for Young Artists “Amber sitting-room”

PalangaLithuania, 16th – 26th June 2018

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

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Palanga, and would recommend to anyone looking for friendly and enlightening course in a beautiful location. All concert locations were provided with excellent pianos, and the Amber Sitting Room is a quite unique venue. I found my lessons with Professor Valentina Berman exceeded possible expectations, and not only helped me for my concerts during the course but, by extension, for future engagements. The hosts were extremely warm and welcoming, and the surrounding area has a character of its own, perfect for some casual tourism in between rehearsals and lessons. A very big thank you and I hope to be back next year!”  Thomas Kelly


Turkey,  18th – 23th  October 2018

BT Music and Performing Arts School created a musical theater for children (ages 5-11) and their parents, based on very successful books about composers’ lives called ‘Classical Music Tales’. It brought parents and children together to share and find new interest in music. The young musicians performed two musical theaters pieces in the setting of the Turkish youth music competition and one final concert performed by two EMCY prize winners and winners of the Turkish competition.

The EMCY prize winners were: Qingzhu Wenig, violin, winner of the International Competition for Violin, Kloster Schöntal and Marina Beschastnykh, violin, winner of Mravinsky International Competition for Youth.

Interdisciplinary concert with the Münchner Symphoniker

Germany, Munich, 15th November 2018

João Miguel Moreira da Silva and André Dias, prize winners of Prémio Jovens Músicos, played as soloists with the Münchner Symphoniker, a professional and world-famous orchestra. The concert was combined with a video installation of Valerie Holmeier. This concert did not only provide the young musicians with an exceptional professional opportunity, but it illustrated also a new and alternative concert format. With this format EMCY and the Münchner Symphoniker wanted to address a different and broader audience.


Homage a Heifetz

Vilnius, Lithuania  2nd – 19th February 2017

The project took place within 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 the 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

New Children´s Show

London, 20th February – 3rd March 2017

Backgrounded by the EU referendum, the partners of GIVE MUSIC A FUTURE were especially delighted to include a UK organization in this project. In London, a new children’s show with live music from European prize winners was organised with truly European performances in theaters, schools and unconventional venues to reach children in mainstream education, special schools, children’s hospice and legal Travelers’ site.

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

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

Three young EMCY Prize winners worked with pupils from public schools with an high percentage of migrants. After a 5-days workshop, which took place with an introduction and preparation session at the UGDA Music School, in Luxembourg, 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 Egerland-StiftungUGDA 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 realize how music can connect people from different countries and social backgrounds and how it can spread joy and happiness among all people.” Beatrice Picard

Without Borders! workshop

Neuwied, Germany, 13th – 18th June 2017

In an interesting workshop on audience communication, rhetoric and interdisciplinary cooperation. Ten young EMCY Prize winners had the opportunity to learn how to make the most of their own marketing. By organising this project, EMCY not only endued the deserving artists with a professional basis but also with a few days of enjoyable spring vacation in Germany.

Conference at the Landesmusikakademie Rhineland-Palatinate

Neuwied, Germany, 16th – 18th June 2017

Topics: midterm evaluation of GIVE MUSIC A FUTURE, new business models for youth music competitions presented by Jeunesses Musicales Spain and Natu knygynas. The conference occurred coinciding with the activity “Without Borders!” and gave all partners the possibility to participate in several activities, mixing learning and fun in a very productive way.

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, November – December 2017 (competition), 27th May 2018 (final concert)

The Stichting Musonia Foundation published a call for musicians (under 26 years) from all over Europe to make a surprising YouTube movie! 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! In the end, a prize winner was selected by a professional jury of musicians and an audience jury.

Website: www.surprisingstars.com

YouTube promotion: https://youtu.be/m3oma26Iddc


International cooperation for reaching underrepresented groups in Lithuania

Lithuania, 2nd – 8th November 2016

Together with EMCY, the Flying Gorillas and the Balys Dvarionas Foundation organized a six-day-seminar for two EMCY prize winners, Iris Maaß and Stefan Iliev. This project gave them the opportunity to teach them how to perform and communicate arts to children with disabilities and special needs as well as to young people in refugees’ 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 also to integrate ethnic minorities and to give them access to classical music, Euroepan culture and values. This seminar wanted also to expand 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

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 activities 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



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.

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.


After this long project, it was important to have a written proof of all the results and achievement completed through the years. For these reasons, we have developed a brochure, listing all the activities with a detailed description, pictures and guidelines to learn how to organise an event. With this link you can read our virtual brochure, download it, learn from it and finally realize your own project.

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