Students nominated at Youth Music Awards 2023

20 September, 2023

We are pleased to announce that students TU3SDAY and Maria Torres have received nominations for their outstanding work in music. The fourth annual Youth Music Awards, in association with Hal Leonard Europe, takes place on Wednesday 18 October, at Troxy in London.

The Youth Music Awards celebrates the most forward-thinking projects and people who are making, learning and earning in music. The awards are open to anyone who has been directly funded by the NextGen Fund or has participated in a Youth Music funded project since January 2018. The event recognises an exciting range of trailblazers, from artists and entrepreneurs to grassroots projects and young leaders.

Youth Music believes every young person should have the chance to change their life through music. The organisation’s influence and investment in grassroots initiatives and young people themselves means that more people aged 25 and under can make, learn and earn in music.

A little more about TU3SDAY and Maria Torres:


Through Harbourside Artist Management’s Disability Empowerment Programme, TU3SDAY received support on BBC 6Music, BBC 1XTRA & SWU FM. Tastemaker Mary Anne Hobbs made it her ‘Music of the Near Future’ record on BBC 6Music, and Jamz Supernova put TU3SDAY on her ‘Ones to Watch for 2023’ list, published in DJ Magazine.

After the programme and with increased confidence and drive, TU3SDAY got further funding from DJ Mag and became a successful applicant for our scholarship programme with Spotify.

Maria Torres

Maria participated in the Saffron Springboard Project in 2021/2022, which helped to propel her music industry career. She launched her own artist management business, Sakura Artists, where she manages female and queer artists. With the help of Saffron’s project, she launched her website and participated in business development courses.

One year later, she was offered a job at Mother Artists as an Artist Manager, now working on IDLES, 86TVs, Heavy Lungs and more. This project allowed Maria to make a mark in the music industry as a manager and build her portfolio and career. She also aims to inspire other young people in the industry, primarily through mentoring schemes. Now, she’s a mentor at Saffron and regularly participates in industry panels. Maria has also taught masterclasses for Saffron and with us at BIMM.

Huge congratulations once again to these two for all their hard work, leading to well-deserved award nominations.

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