The UAE Young Musician of the Year 2018

Now into its third year, the UAE Young Musician of the Year competition is back, bigger than ever for 2018. Below you'll find details you need on how you can enter...
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The Young Musician of the Year Award is back, bigger and better than ever, for its third year.

If you are an aspiring young musical artist, with an unquenchable passion for composing, singing or songwriting, and love performing, then this competition is for YOU.

Open now until 18th October 2018 is inviting students from across the UAE to take part in the competition.

It is completely FREE to enter, and we are encouraging as many students as possible to take part. No matter what your age or your musical preference everyone has the chance to be seen and heard.

It doesn’t matter what instrument you play, or musical style you choose. In fact, we’d love it if you could bring something different to the competition! In the UAE we are lucky to have such a melting pot of musical backgrounds and cultures coming together in one country. Whatever your musical flair you can take part.

The music video should be no longer than three minutes and 20 seconds and should be uploaded to our nominations site no later than the 18th October 2018. There is no age limit to enter. As long as you are a school student and resident of the UAE you are eligible*.

Once the competition closes the videos will be judged by a specially selected panel, including professional saxophonist Adam Long, and orchestral and session violinist Anna Pym.

This year we have two categories in our competition:

1. Young Musician of the Year with the winner being awarded 10,000 AED, second place taking 6,000 AED and third place both taking home 4,000 AED.
2. The People’s Choice Award, the winner will receive a commemorative trophy the prestige of this category comes from being voted the best video by the public.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award starts on the same day as video submissions end.

Shortlisted finalists will get the opportunity of performing live in front of a select and invited audience of friends, family and school representatives at the beautiful Madinat Theatre in Dubai on Saturday 3rd November, 2018.

In preparation for this, the young artists will have the unique opportunity of being mentored by award winning singer-songwriter legend Abbo Abbondandolo.

So what are you waiting for? The search for the’s ‘Young Musician of the Year 2018 ’ starts here and we can’t wait to see the music video entries already! Now go on, get musical and have some fun, it’s time to show the UAE how talented you are!


More resources
The Timeline
The Judges
Mentoring your YMOTYA performance!
Requirements - regulations!*
Who won last year!
Enter - LAUNCH competition microsite

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