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Apply for the 2018 competition!

The 'Young Belgian Talent' Jury are looking for exceptionally talented musicians but they are also looking for candidates that show potential to develop and grow. Character and attitude is as important as musical ability. The judging panel will be looking for evidence of a high degree of personal commitment; free thinking individuals with unending motivation and drive, who are open to be coached in whichever areas they need. For example, developing communication skills that allow them to share their ideas and emotions not just through their music on the podium but also off it as well. They must have the potential tobecome ambassadors of their chosen career, an example to others.


  • 30 April 2018: Closing date for all applications
  • 8 June 2018: Notification of selected candidates for a live audition & interview.
  • 01 September 2018 Live audition & Interview before a professional panel (location to be confirmed, expect it to be in central Belgium).
  • 14 September 2018: Notification of five selected candidates for the final (all entries will receive personalised assessed responses)
  • 23 September 2018: Personal interview and video recording for the five finalists in Grobbendonk, Belgium 
  • Saturday 15 December: The Final! Before a live audience in Studio 4, Flagey, Brussels, Belgium

Who can apply?

In order to apply you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be under the age of 21 on the first day of January 2019. Candidates are generally expected to be at least 16 years old at the time of application.
  • Play an instrument that is considered part of the classical symphony orchestra and is officially taught in Belgium’s top music conservatoires.
  • Studying at a music conservatoire or academie.
  • Belgian, or domiciled in Belgium.

What's in it for the finalists?

All finalists (the five contestants that compete in the Bozar finals) receive:

A ‘Finalist trophy’ and 244EUR performance fee subsidy

Support from Young Belgian Talent VZW up until the age of 25:

- Financial advice
- Legal advice
- PR/Marketing support and coaching (your own website, business cards, social media...)
- Career coaching

Access to YBT resources and budgets, typically 3000EUR per year. Budgets cover: travel, personal coaching, master classes, summer schools, etc. and are subject to business case application and YBT director approval.

The possibility of a CD made from professional recordings of concerts and studio performances (subject to assessment and resources).

Priority for invitation to participation in YBT concerts during the sponsorship period.

Possibility of other concert tours, for example with Musica et Poetica.

Access to Young Belgian Talent's partner network.

The overarching winner of the Young Belgian Talent competition 2018 receives in addition:

The winners trophy

a onetime prize of 1.000 EUR

Preferential access to YBT resources and budgets.

A contract for giving a minimum of 3 concerts during the sponsorship period.

Paid concert tour of Belgium for  Musica et Poetica (typically 7 concerts).

Become a member of the Jury Panel for the 2021 finals

The winner is chosen by a professional jury and a combination of public voting on the night, the results of which are supervised by a director of YBT vzw and an independent adjudicator.

How to apply:

  1. Let your professor of music know you are applying for the competition and ask for a motivation letter.
  2. Write, in your own words, a personal motivation statement (why you want to take part & how winning the competition will help you)
  3. Obtain a personal recommendation from family friend or independent person that knows you well to support your personal motivation statement
  4. Obtain a picture of you, preferably with your instrument, with free usage rights.
  5. Agree to the terms and conditions on this website. If under the age of 18, have your parents or legal guardian submit their written approval.
  6. Complete the application form below


  • Be prepared to attend an audition and interview (1)
  • Be prepared to attend a second interview and video audition (to be shown during the final) (1)
  • Be prepared and available to take part in the open competition final on Saturday 15 December, 2018 in Flagey, Studio 4, Brussels, Belgium. 
  • All rights on pictures, video and audio recordings during the selection process, final and all subsequent events organised by Young Belgian Talent vzw are ceded to Young Belgian Talent vzw, unless agreed otherwise in writing
  • You will generally support the ‘Young Belgian Talent’
  • Be prepared to have interviews and your name mentioned in the press and on the website of ‘Young Belgian Talent’ and our partners.
  • All finalists are expected to become an ambassador for Young Belgian Talent vzw: give interviews, have their name mentioned in the press and on the website of ‘Young Belgian Talent’ and their partners.
  • Young Belgian Talent vzw reserves the right to postpone or cancel the competition at any time without compensation towards the applicants and contestants.
  • In case of disputes the chairman of the jury will have the final word.

(1) For both the audition and video interviews the selected candidates receive 32 EUR in the form of a voluntary fee to cover for their expenses. In addition the cost of transport will be reimbursed based on the price of the ticket(s) of public transport or based on 0,30 EUR /km if own transport is used. A copy of the tickets, or printout of an (online) route calculation will need to be submitted as an expense sheet afterwards.

(2) For the finals, candidates receive 244 EUR in the form of a 'Kleine vergoedingsregeling voor kunstenaars' which covers the concert and upfront practice. This fee also includes transport to and from the venue.


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