Making Music announce the relaunch of the PDGYA scheme – closing 30 Apr 2024

For over 60 years the Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists (PDGYA) (originally the Award for Young Artists) scheme has celebrated young musical talent and facilitated collaborative opportunities for Making Music members. The scheme offers its young talent performance opportunities and makes it more affordable for Making Music’s over 4,000 leisure-time music groups to book these artists.

Making Music is now relaunching PDGYA as a scheme that supports a wider range of young artists and ensembles. This year, Making Music is delighted to be starting this relaunch by partnering with the Royal Over-Seas League and Brighton Early Music Festival who champion young musicians nationally as well as globally. We hope this will help a wider range of artists gain recognition and work opportunities early in their careers, and more choice for our members when it comes to booking them. Further partnerships will be developed in the coming years. For the first time, young chamber ensembles are also included in the scheme and eligible for subsidies.

Tina Gandy, Trinity Camerata, said:  
‘The scheme never fails to deliver exceptionally talented delightful musicians.’
By providing up-and-coming classical musicians with performing opportunities with Making Music’s group members, the PDGYA scheme has had a helping hand in kick-starting the careers of many young musicians including, Steven Isserlis, Craig Ogden, Jeremy Huw Williams and Joo Yeon Sir.

Jennifer Johnston, mezzo, 2004 PDGYA alumni, said:  
‘As one of the former recipients of the Philip and Dorothy Green Award, this is heartening. At the start of my career, Making Music’s input was invaluable, laying the foundations for later on, giving me endless chances to perform all over the country.’
Booking professional musicians can be financially challenging for leisure-time groups. Making Music offers its members subsidies to make booking artists more affordable. To find out more, visit the Making Music website.

Barbara Eifler, CEO of Making Music, said:  
‘Music groups and their audiences benefit from engaging professional music performers and emerging performers need platforms to gain experience and build their audiences – this is why this scheme has been so successful for over 60 years. It is exciting now to relaunch it, with the continued support of the Philip & Dorothy Green Music Trust, so that it can benefit more artists, and give our members a greater variety of future stars to choose from.’

Find out more information about all PDGYA artists and PDG Young Artists subsidy rates.

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