About NNM


The  New Names Malta Foundation has been established to seek, select, support, further educate and promote exceptionally talented young classical musicians who are still under sixteen years of age, to participate in the New Names Malta – National Music Programme.

The New Names Malta – National Music Programme will enable the selected students to benefit from Eur 50 monthly financial support for one year to help them further their studies, facilitate participation free of charge in master-classes organized in Malta with renowned international artists and professors, enable their participation in international festivals also with international orchestras, and also finance performing opportunities in concerts and events, both locally and abroad. The selected youngsters, who will be referred to and promoted as ‘New Names Malta’, will serve as young ambassadors of Malta when performing abroad, and thus representing Malta. The first events for the New Names Malta will be a concert series in Malta – Young Stars in Classical Music, alongside New Names laureates from Russia and Armenia, 10th – 15th November 2015. The selection will take the form of a National Music Competition open for instrumentalists and singers born after 01.11.1999. The selection will be made by a board of international judges who are artists and pedagogues of international repute with a vast experience when it comes to the development of young exceptionally talented musicians.

The aims and objectives of the project

The main aim is to encourage and motivate young students and musicians, of any age and level, under 16 years of age, who are studying classical music. The emphasis will be on promoting the openings and opportunities which a career in music, specifically in performing, brings along. The project will help young musicians in finding their aspirations through the excitement which such opportunities bring along during the development, or even at the start, of their career. The main objective is to provide these students and young musicians with an opportunity to step onto an international platform and thus give their artistic development a further scope and enhancement.

Thus the objectives lie two-fold:

  1. Firstly to motivate and mobilise young musicians to actually participate in a National Music Competition, thus providing them with an opportunity to demonstrate their talent and give aspiring youngsters something to look forward to as a goal during their course of studies and evolving pathway; and
  2. To reward the winners with an opportunity of international prestige, which could mean the turning point of one’s developing career or to even help them make a decision to take up a career in music.