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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 and the Production of the Year Awards?

All the nominees regardless of the category they fall into (Opera, Small Ensemble and Large Ensemble) compete for the Public Choice and the Production of the Year Awards. While a public vote determine the winner of the Public Choice Award, the jury decides of the winner of the Production of the Year 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.

How is the voting for the Public Choice Award conducted?

The voting system of previous years is currently undergoing a review. The voting system adopted for 2017 will be announced before the voting goes live on the 4th of August 2017.

Application FAQs

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

- A full-length video of the production must be submitted as well as a 2-minute promotional video of the production to be used if your production is selected as a finalist. Entries will not be limited in duration, however we will only present the 2-minute promo videos of the finalists online for public vote.
- Entries are to be submitted to the competition as an online link (preferred) or on DVD.
- For productions not in English, subtitles or a detailed summary are requested.

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.