Young Musician of the Year 2019

The count down to the Young Musician of the Year has begun. After three successful years of the Young Musician of the Year, the 2019 competition is going to be bigger and better.
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We are officially counting down to the Young Musician of the Year! After three successful years of the Young Musician of the Year, the 2019 competition promises to be bigger and better, with a new category, new venue, and a new judge. is inviting all UAE school students with a passion for music to join in, upload a short video to the competition website and showcase just what they can do. The competition accepts entries from all musical genres, voice and instruments, individuals, ensembles and bands.

Entrants can perform a piece of their choice, but the video should be no more than three minutes and 20 seconds in length.

Read more: Rules and regulations

As well as the Young Musician of the Year and People’s Choice, online vote, this year the competition includes the new “Rising Star Award”, aimed at younger students, those who haven’t had many years of practice, but who the judges feel show incredible promise and are the Young Musicians of the future.

Joining the judging panel alongside Managing Director of Soul Agency, Adam Long, session violinist, Anna Pym and Co-Founder of WSA, James Mullan, will be Rivaan Mager, Music Coordinator at Canadian University Dubai and founder of the Canadian University Dubai EnSENble choir, formerly known as Dubai EnSENble Choir, the UAE’s first choir for the Determined Ones, who will perform at the Finalists Concert alongside the Young Musicians.

Commenting on joining the judges Rivaan said:

“What an honour and a pleasure it is to be invited to be part of this exciting event. The phenomenal dedication that these young musicians show for their craft and how they foster their talent is an inspiration for us all. I am so excited to meet them, hear their musical journeys and of course experience their performances.”

We are delighted to once again have singer songwriter and founder of Go Play the World Abbo Abbodandolo, as mentor for the competition, Abbo will offer a Performance Masterclass to the 10 Finalists, something our previous finalists have found invaluable.

The finalists concert will this year be held on Saturday 9th November 2019 in the iconic Theatre by QE2, on board the famous liner in Mina Raschid, WSA are delighted to embark on a new partnership with the venue, which will see our finalists perform on the same ship that hosted music legend David Bowie and rock band The Cure.

Maxine English, COO of OTBE, told us

“Here at Theatre by QE2 we are passionate about the development of youth in the performing arts industry. We are delighted to partner with to support and highlight the next generation of performing arts stars.”

Media Partner, Dubai92 will be covering the event, so listen out for mentions on the radio over the coming weeks.

Mahmoud Al Rasheed, General Manager of the Arabian Radio Network said

“Dubai92 is once again proud to be part of this initiative to shine a light on the immense artistic talent of youth, creativity and music in the UAE”.

Read more: Who judges the awards?

With AED10,000 prize money for the winner, AED6,000 for second and AED4,000 for third what are you waiting for? Go to our website now for the full competition rules, closing date for entries and details of how to upload your video.

Best of luck!

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