YAMawards 2019

Young Audiences Music Awards (YAMawards) promote and honour creativity and innovation in the field of music for young audiences.

Participation is open to all music-based live productions for audiences up to 18 years of age. Whether soloist, group, ensemble or orchestra, the main criteria are: quality of music, quality of performance, relevance/necessity of the program, audience communication and international touring potential. YAMawards will be open to 4 distinct categories, each with their own winner:

  • Best Small Ensemble for young audiences
  • Best Large Ensemble for young audiences
  • Best Opera for young audiences*
  • Best Participation project with young audiences** On top of these accolades is the Public Choice Award (selected from the top 4 nominees in each category) by public vote.

Previous winners include Cie Balle Rouge (France), Rikskonsertene/Kulturtanken (Norway), Oorkaan (The Netherlands), Smalands Musik&Teater (Sweden), Body Rhythm Factory (Denmark), Zonzo Compagnie (Belgium), Jazz for Juniors (South Africa) and Muziektheater Transparant (Belgium).

*The YAM Best Opera for Young Audiences Award is powered by RESEO, The European Network for Opera and Dance Education.

** The Best Participation project with Young Audiences is a new awards created to celebrate projects with a predominately social/educational focus, productions that are a participatory process, working with young audiences either as an engaged audiences or as co-creators in the production itself.

Public Choice Award + Voting

Voting will take place during the month of September, ending on the 1st of October at 19:00 CET.

To vote, users must create a profile on the YAMawards and each user will receive one possible vote per production.


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)
  • Public Choice Award: €1000

A representative from each nominee will be invited to the YAMawards Ceremony in Horsens, Denmark.

YAMawards Ceremony and YAMsession

The winners are to be announced at the YAMawards ceremony that will take place in on the 1st October 2019 during JMI’s YAMsession event. This international music conference will be held in Horsens(Denmark) from the 30th of September to the 3rd of October, includes international showcases from seven 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.

The YAMawards are governed by international juries composed of young audiences professionals from JM International (JMI) and RESEO (the European Network for Opera & Dance Education).

Best Small Ensemble

127 Votes



22 Votes



156 Votes

Permis de Reconstruire


30 Votes

The Fluteman Show


Best Large Ensemble

126 Votes

Maximus Musicus Explores Iceland


40 Votes

Copper & Skin


Best Opera

175 Votes



21 Votes

Romeo's Passion


200 Votes

Prinzessin LiebDieLiebe (La Princesse de Lamour Damour)


8 Votes



Best Participatory Project

175 Votes



13 Votes

Purriot og den forsvunne bronsehesten