Rules and Regulations


New Names Malta – National Music Competition is a selection process open for talented young music students who merit to be given the opportunity to participate in New Names Malta – National Music Programme, a project of New Names Malta Foundation supported by the Malta Arts Fund – Arts Council Malta.

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.

Who can participate.

The selection process is open for young music students (instrumentalists and classical voice) under the age of 16.

Participants must be:

(i) Maltese Nationals


(ii) Holders of a Maltese ID Card or Maltese Residence Permit.

Applications are to be submitted by email or post, or one may also Apply Online

Together with the Application, applicants are to send their

a) Photo

b) copy of Birth Certificate / ID Card

c) copy of their Residence Permit (where applicable).


Preliminary Round

Option A – Auditions at Schools / Closing Date: 26th October / Participation Fee: € 5.00

Students may apply at their School, if their School is holding internal auditions as per New Names Malta audition guidelines, to select the students from their School for the final auditions. Applicants are to submit the Application Form together with payment of the enrolment fee at their School. The Schools will communicate further details regarding auditions of the preliminary round (Internal auditions). If the School is not holding auditions, students may apply through Option B.


Option B – Audition by Video – Individual Application / Closing Date: 2nd November / Participation Fee: € 10.00

Students may opt to apply individually by sending an amateur video recording of their performance (made by mobile phone, camcorder, etc) of 1 or 2 pieces (from their audition programme) of a maximum duration of 4 minutes. This recording is to be uploaded on a private Youtube channel and the link is to be submitted when applying online or send the link via email. The selection is made by international judges and the results will be communicated to the applicants on 4th November.

Final Round:  Public Auditions 6th – 8th November 2015

At the final round of the selection process, participants born after 1st November 2005 (under the age of 10) will be expected to perform a programme of 4-6 minutes, while participants born after 1st November 1999 (over 10 years of age and under 16) will be expected to perform a programme of 6-8 minutes. The selection will be made by a board of international judges at auditions. Auditions will be open for the general public. The schedule for these auditions will be communicated on 4th November on the website and via e-mail.

At the Final Round, singers and instrumentalists needing accompaniment are to provide their own piano accompanist.

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