Prestigious Music Awards for Young Musicians

This years Guild of Guardians of Bristol, Music Awards for Young Musicians are open for nominations with 2 award categories to apply for.

Firstly is the City Waits – providing two bursaries of £1000 each to young musicians with exceptional skill, recognising outstanding achievements in music making and commitment to music making in Bristol.

The awardees hold the title of ‘City Waits’ for the year and are invited to perform at the awards ceremony and on municipal and special city wide occasions.

Secondly is the Special Award – which are awards of up to £400 to help pay for young musicians to attend specialist training, help towards supporting a special performance opportunity, composition project or help with examination fees, this can also go towards the cost of music tuition for families on low incomes.  The special awards recognise outstanding potential in music making and involvement in music making in the city.

Awards are available to all young musicians who either go to school in Bristol or attend one of our music centres.

Nominations are invited from members of staff responsible for music as a teacher in school, an instrumental teacher or conductor/group leader.  All types of music are eligible.

If you wish to apply for an award or nominate someone download the application form below and return to:

Bristol Plays Music, Stanton Road, Southmead, Bristol, BS10 5SJ or email by 6th September 2019.

The awards will be presented by the Lord Mayor of Bristol at a ceremony at the Mansion House on Thursday 24th October 2019.

City Waits and Special Awards Application 2019

We’re changing

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon, and this means we’re changing too.

Bristol Plays Music is run by Bristol Music Trust, the charity that also runs the venue formerly known as Colston Hall. These two organisations will soon unite under one name: Bristol Beacon.

Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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