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General FAQs

Based on which criteria does the jury select the nominees and winners?

The jury bases its appreciation on the following criteria:

Primary Judging Criteria:
- The quality of the music and other artistic material
- The skills of the musicians/singers
- The degree of communication between the musicians and the audience
- The relevance/necessity of the program for young audiences
- The international touring potential of the production
- For the Opera productions: the staging should be of high quality and in relation with the music

Secondary Judging Criteria: The Wishbone Model
- Intention (Engagement / Communication / Ambition / Originality / Dream)
- Ability (Talent & acquired skills / Knowing the craft / Professionalism / Personal touch / Magic)
- Necessity (Relates to our time / Involving the audience / Courage / Eye-opening effect)

Which productions are eligible to the Public Choice Award?

All the nominees regardless of the category they fall into (Opera, Small Ensemble, Large Ensemble, School Concert, Participatory project) compete for the Public Choice Award. A public vote determines the winner of the Award.

How is the voting for the Public Choice Award conducted?

All nominees will be officially announced on the 10th of October 2023 and displayed online via the YAMawards website. The public will then be able to register and vote for all nominated productions online (one vote per person) and the nominee with the most votes on the 10th of November 2023 at 20:00 CET will receive the Public Choice Award.

Who can attend the YAMawards Ceremony?

The YAMawards Ceremony is open to everyone who registered to the YAMsession, an annual international event for creative professionals working in the field of young audiences development.

For more information, please visit YAMsession website.

Where can I find all the rules and terms of the YAMAwards?

You can read the full terms and conditions for the 2023 Young Audiences Music Awards (YAMawards) here. For more info and questions you can contact: info@yama-award.com / +32 2 513 97 74

Application FAQs

What do I need to attach to my application form, in order to have a valid submission?

We require:

  • A full-length video of the production.
  • A 2-minute promotional video of the production to be used if your production is selected as a finalist.
  • For productions not in English, subtitles or a detailed summary are requested.

Check and read carefully the online application form for all the required information. YAM/JMI accepts no responsibility for late or misplaced entries as well as entries with missing or corrupt video files.

In which time period must the production have taken place, in order to be eligible for the YAMawards? Are there any restrictions?

There are no restrictions on when the productions should have taken place, except for the Best Opera award in which the production must have premiered after May 2016 to be eligible.

If I apply online, should I also fill out the nomination agreement?

Yes, you should print and sign the nomination agreement and then attach a scan of this document to the online application.

Regarding the full video of the production, can we send a link to the video or do we have to send a DVD by post?

The link is preferred to the DVD, but you can also submit the DVD if you wish so.