AYM becomes Young Sounds UK

We’re thrilled to share some exciting news with you! After 25 years of growth Awards for Young Musicians will today become Young Sounds UK. We’re better reflecting the breadth of our work and its mission and values while enhancing our reach and impact.

Our new name aligns with our goals to be more inclusive, approachable, and accessible. We believe it will help us reach more young people who need us and so help us make a greater impact. We’ll also continue to be a leading voice in the education sector, empowering music educators to support all students and ensuring no child is left behind.

What’s changing

New name: We’re unveiling a name that better encompasses our work and aspirations.

Updated logo and visual identity: Our logo and visual identity are getting a fresh look while maintaining our familiar brand colours of orange and purple.

What’s staying the same

Our values: Our unwavering commitment to supporting young musicians from low-income backgrounds.

Our programmes: our existing programmes The initiatives you’re supporting will continue under our new identity.

Our partnerships: Our valued partnerships with organisations such as the BBC Orchestras, the Music Hub network and Youth Music will continue to flourish.

What this means for you

The good news is you won’t be affected by this change! Young Sounds UK is the new working name for Awards for Young Musicians. A working name is used to identify a charity and the name under which the activities of the charity are carried out. Any donations, subscriptions, bookings, working relationships or financial support will be unaffected by this change.

While our AYM addresses will continue to receive e-mails, all communications will now be sent from our youngsounds.org.uk domains. To ensure there are no complications and we do not go to your junk folder can you please add any email addresses tied to our organisation to your “safe senders” list. You can find out how to do this by clicking here.

Get in touch

If you have any queries regarding the name change please do get in touch!

For donations contact our Development Manager Sanpreet Janjua

[email protected]

For our Awards programme contact our Awards team

[email protected]

For general enquiries contact

[email protected]

A word from our Founding Patron, Sir Simon Rattle

“I’m delighted that Young Sounds UK is the new name of Awards for Young Musicians! Musical talent is everywhere, but opportunity isn’t: for over 25 years this wonderful national charity has been changing this. They identify and nurture the musical potential of young people from low income families through targeted and sustained support. It’s imperative that young people facing the most obstacles have the help they need to blossom musically, wherever their journey takes them. Music, and the music industry, will be infinitely richer as a result. I don’t doubt that the newly named Young Sounds UK will be able to reach even more young people who need the charity’s help more than ever before. All power to them!”

Share the news!

We’d be delighted if you could help us spread the word and celebrate our new name. If you could, please refer to us as Young Sounds UK in full, we no longer use an acronym. You can do so by forwarding this e-mail or by clicking the links below. You can find us on:

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Giving talent a chance

We’re really excited about this change and hope you are too. The transformative impact we’ve have had on young musicians’ lives for the last 25 years has only been made possible because of the generosity of our partners and supporters and their belief in our mission. Together, we’re making a real difference in the lives of young people nationwide.

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