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NEW AWARD FOR TALENTED YOUNG GUITARISTS

"AWARDS FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS" (AYM) the charity which helps young instrumentalists, has a new award this year, supported by John Hornby Skewes & Co Ltd, the exclusive UK trade distributors of Ovation and Santos Martinez guitars.

The charity is offering a brand new Ovation nylon strung guitar (worth £1600) to the young guitarist judged to be the most talented and most in need of the boost that such a wonderful guitar could make to their progress. Other awards of Santos Martinez classic guitars will also be made.

AYM’s aim is to ensure that the potential of talented young musicians is not stifled by their lack of means. Since 1998 the charity has helped hundreds of young people both financially and with advice and guidance on their music education.

Contact:

Bridget Sime
Director, Awards for Young Musicians (AYM)
PO Box 2097,
Wickford,
SS12 0ZQ;
01268 571887


Website: www.a-y-m.org.uk;
e-mail: awards@a-y-m.org.uk


Background

Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) was set up in 1998 with seed money from the estate of Robert Lewin who left his huge collection of valuable musical instruments for the benefit of young musicians. Awards are made on an annual basis to outstanding young instrumentalists who, at the very least, have achieved distinction in their last music examination. The closing date for entries is 31st January each year and awards are made in April.

The charity annually distributes awards up to £2000 each, to children under 18, to help with buying instruments, having music lessons, attending music school, orchestra or other courses. (This is done by an annual open application process where proof of talent and proof of need are taken into consideration and awards are paid to third parties eg. music schools, musical instrument retailers etc.)

Over 600 musically gifted children from all over the UK have been helped so far. As well as giving awards AYM provides a valuable advice service to parents and young musicians. It aims to raise more money to ensure that this good work goes on.

The musical world NEEDS talented young musicians coming through to be the performers and teachers of the future, and it is a daunting exercise for a family to support a child’s musical talent. (An Ofsted Report in October 2004 highlighted the fact that children from low/medium income families receive very little help with music costs.)

The letters of heartfelt thanks from parents and children alike say it all:

"I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. My mum cried with tears when she received the letter from you. I enjoy playing violin so much and she thought I’d have to give it up."

JR aged, 8 - 'The two main costs for parents are the cost of an instrument, and fees for tutors. And, in order to play well, children should also play together, and so AYM helps too with the cost of courses and orchestra.'

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