Music is part of being human. It is part of our life, is an expression of emotions and a bridge to understanding. Everyone needs it, but everyone also needs a path to it. YEAH! has dedicated itself to these paths.
YEAH! Young EARopean Award is the European competition to highlight creative minds and musical ideas that arouse children and young people’s enthusiasm for music beyond youth popular culture. The competition is looking for imaginative and innovative programmes that really engage children and young people creatively in music whether within the western classical music tradition and/or other music traditions with different cultural roots. By bringing together people from different countries and diverse musical traditions this award aims to develop an understanding of each others’ cultural roots and traditions: music as an expression of identity which is able to cross borders without words.
YEAH! is addressed to orchestras and ensembles, theaters and concert halls, composers, musicians, librettists, authors, pedagogues, and artists throughout Europe who tickle the ears with new stage formats and offer forward-looking impulses to international music life. Because music involves the shaping of time – our time. It provides food for thought and brings about encounters over and above any borders.
YEAH! was issuing its first call for porposals in June 2010 which lasted for a period of one year. The awards ceremony for the first YEAH! took place during the YEAH! Festival in Osnabrück in November 2011.
After the overwhelming success of the first YEAH! Award in 2011, the decision was taken to hold the YEAH! competition on a biennial basis. In autumn 2012 started the next call for proposals. The application period ends on 31 January 2013. The award ceremony takes place on 14 September 2013 at the end of the second YEAH! festival in Osnabrück.
YEAH! Young EARopean Award is a project of the Stiftung Stahlwerk Georgsmarienhütte and the netzwerk junge ohren.