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Since 1990, YMFE has awarded scholarships worth more than 1 Million EUR in total to over 1000 outstanding young musicians all over Europe. If you are a music student you should take this chance. A chance that could be the starting point to a promising career.

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The Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe.
What is it about?

Yamaha, one of the world‘s largest manufacturers of musical instruments, established the Yamaha Music Foundation (YMF) in Tokyo in 1966. The purpose of this foundation is to stimulate interest in the playing and enjoyment of music amongst people from all over the world.

The Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe (YMFE) is a European non-profit making charity that – above all – is dedicated to supporting talented music students in Europe.

Since 1990, YMFE has awarded scholarships worth more than 1 Million EUR to over 1000 outstanding young musicians all over Europe.

Over 1.000.000 Euro awarded
Over 900 Scholarships awarded

The Scholarship Program

The YMFE-Scholarship Competition is open to full-time music students of any nationality not older than 25 years at the time of the application.

Each Scholarship has a value of 1.000,00 EUR to 2.000,00 EUR, depending on the country where the applicant is studying.
The Scholarship covers one year and the money may be used for any purpose related to the advancement of studies.

Applicants will be selected according to their current musical ability and their demonstrated future potential.

The basis for this evaluation is an initial round from a recorded performance, followed by a live performance at the final selection. Selection Committees comprising senior figures from the world of music will select the most suitable applicants.

Since 1990 there have been Scholarship-Programs in various disciplines including Brass and/or Woodwind, Piano, Strings, Percussion and Vocal.


The Scholarship 2015/2016

In 2015/2016, the scholarships’ discipline is String Instruments.

Regulations may vary depending on the country.

Applicants are to download and fill out the application form and to send it to the appropriate contact address together with a recording of two titles.

  • Please make sure to send a CD, DVD or Mini Disc with your recordings together with the application form.
  • The length of the two recorded pieces should not exceed 20min for each recording and the two pieces should represent two different styles.
  • The quality of the sound does not have an effect on the later selection process.


The closing date for applications for the 2015/2016 Scholarships is November 30th 2015.

In case of questions, please contact your administration office.


Yamaha Music Europe GmbH
Sherbourne Drive, Tilbrook, Milton
Keynes, MK7 8BL,
United Kingdom

Scholarship's discipline 2015/2016:Strings Application Form

The YMFE scholarship that I received in 2001, was a great honour for me and the most perfect encouragement that a young singer needs.

Sune Hjerrild, Vocal (tenor) / 2001

News & Events


23/9/2014 [About Yamaha]
Yamaha to Partner European Union of Music Competitions for Youth

Yamaha Music Europe GmbH has announced a significant partnership with one of Europe’s most important youth music organisations, the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY).