Young Audiences Music

Here's what you need to know


YAMsession is an annual international event for creative professionals working in the field of young audiences development.


Whether you are a musician, a programmer, a producer, a booker, an educator or an organiser, this is the one event that you don’t want to miss!


YAMsession takes place in a different country every year and includes showcases of the best young audiences productions from Europe and the world, a dynamic Producers Forum and a wide range of thought provoking presentations and discussions from international speakers. Delegates shall also have the opportunity to enjoy the YAMawards Ceremony, where the world's best music productions for young audiences are crowned.





The Young Audiences Music Awards (YAMawards) honors creativity and innovation in the field of musical productions for young audiences, from all corners of the world, created by professional ensembles of all forms, from solo artist to orchestra.


The YAMawards aim to identify and support cutting-edge productions that inspire and engage young people giving them magic moments to keep for a lifetime. Music has a profound impact on young people and promotes intercultural dialogue and understanding.


Blackboard Music Project

A key component to the project is the sharing of best practices, training videos, interviews, work models, articles and much more, via this very website that was launched at YAMsession 2015. The Blackboard Music Project partners are the following: Jeunesses Musicales International, Levende Musik i Skolen, Hrvatska glazbena mladež, Konserttikeskus, Jeugd en Muziek, Jeunesses Musicales de France, Jeunesses Musicales Macedonia, Jeunesses Musicales Sverige, Jeunesses Musicales Wallonie-Bruxelles, Muzicka omladina Beograda, Riksconsertene Norway.


The Blackboard Music Project is funded by EU’s Culture Programme, Creative Europe.


YAM is part of the Blackboard Music Project (BbMP), an international development and exchange project aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of concerts for Young Audiences (YA) around Europe.


The project was launched in November last year at the YAMsession 2014 in Umeå, Sweden. The ten project partners will meet at national showcases in Denmark, Finland, France and Belgium over the course of the program to experience different YA concerts and share ideas and inspiration. Finally the project will end with a blast at theYAMsession 2016 in October in Larvik, Norway.

Jeunesses Musicales International

JMI is the world’s largest network of youth and music organisations with members in over 70 countries carrying out 40,000+ activities annually, outreaching more than 6 million young people. Founded in Brussels (Belgium) in 1945, JMI works tirelessly to enable young people to develop through music across all boundaries. JMI’s activities are built upon the principles of access to music for all, development through music education (formal/non-formal/informal) and increasing active participation in society through music.


JMI works for and with youth, empowering them with the tools they need to succeed, using the power of music to bridge social, geographical and cultural divides and create an international platform for intercultural dialogue and acceptance.


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