Youth Music Awards 2022, In Association with Hal Leonard Europe

Hal Leonard Europe is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Youth Music Awards. This year’s awards took place on Wednesday 19 October at Troxy, London. The annual event celebrates a more diverse future of music, platforming emerging talent and leaders who might face barriers into the industries because of who they are, where they’re from or what they’re going through.

Guests celebrated 12 Award winners, judged by renowned music industry figures including BRIT-nominated singer-songwriter Mahalia, internationally acclaimed DJ duo BICEP, BBC Radio 1’s Sian Eleri and many more.

Louise Unsworth, Hal Leonard Europe, presented the Social Action Award to an audience that included leaders from TikTok, YouTube, Amazon Music, Arts Council England, and The Musicians’ Union. The award, sponsored by Hal Leonard Europe, went to Pembe Tokluhan, who turned her life around to help women, trans and non-binary individuals achieve gender equality in the backstage music industries.

It was an inspiring night of industry-wide collaboration and commitment to equalising access to the music industries for the next generation. Youth Music is the UK’s leading young people’s music charity, championing equal access music for more than two decades. Hal Leonard Europe is proud to sponsor this event for the third time, and continue its long-term support of Youth Music initiatives.

“We are delighted to continue our important partnership with Youth Music, and proud to sponsor this year’s Awards once again. Through our association with Youth Music, we hope to enable more young people up and down the country to tune in to the joy of music.”

Tom Venvell, Managing Director – UK & Germany, Hal Leonard Europe

“It’s only through long term investment in grassroots music that we will truly equalise access to music for young people. Our long-term partnership with Hal Leonard Europe is a shining example of this. Thanks to their support, we are continually creating a more diverse, more inclusive and more creative future music industries. It was great to see that come to life once again at the Youth Music Awards in association with Hal Leonard Europe.”

Matt Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Music

“Hal Leonard Europe and Youth Music share the same vision – that everyone should have the opportunity to make music. It was wonderful to be able to present Pembe Tokluhan with the Social Action Award, which celebrates the amazing work she is doing to help achieve gender equality in the music industry.”

Louise Unsworth, Managing Editor UK, Hal Leonard Europe

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