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What is Imagine

Imagine is an international all-styles competition and training program for young musicians between the ages of 13 and 21.

Organised by JM International, it provides a platform for young musicians to gain professional experience in a positive environment; developing their musical careers, self confidence and understanding of different peoples and cultures.

Imagine promotes musical quality, originality, diversity, creativity, safe sound and gender equality. All events have a distinct educational/social dimension. National Imagine competitions are held annually in Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, France, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Zimbabwe, culminating in the international Imagine Festival, where the winning bands from each country come together to compete for the chance to win an international Imagine tour.

Past international winners include:

2016: JESA (Zimbabwe)
2015: In Circles (Sweden)
2013: Were (Zimbabwe)
2012: Gustaf (Sweden)
2011: Algot (Sweden)

Imagine is a program of JMI

JM International (JMI) is the world’s largest youth and music network with member organisations in over 60 countries carrying out 40,000 activities outreaching 6,000,000 young people and children. Since 1945 JMI has been ‘Making a Difference through Music’, bridging social, geographical and cultural divides to create an international platform for intercultural dialogue, learning and understanding.

Supported by

  • EU: Education and Culture DG
  • Belgian Science Policy

Participate

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Anyone between 13 - 21 years old, with variations from country to country, from one of the participating countries (please visit their website for more info): Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, France, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Zimbabwe.

WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?

Musical skills
Originality
Preparation
Audience engagement
Stage charisma

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

Usually you need to create an account, fill in the form and accept the regulation. Check on your country's website for more details.

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

Imagine invests in the development of young musicians providing them an international exchanges platform and tuition through masterclasses, workshops, concerts, tours, recordings, promotion and many more!

National Imagine competitions are held annually in each participating country, culminating in the international Imagine Festival, where the winning bands from each country come together to compete for the chance to win an international Imagine tour.

WHAT DO THE PARTICIPANTS SAY ABOUT IMAGINE?

"From the beginning, I told everyone in the band that, no matter who wins, the festival offers an opportunity to everybody. Even if we were to lose, we already felt like winners, so the truth is that no one can lose"

BRENNO (B. FORTRESS)Lead singer of Imagine Brazil winner's Sephion

"The Imagine Festival 2016 was an amazing event for us. Through the workshops, we learned that music is not only about voices and instruments, but also about expressing feelings through movement on stage. We used that idea to connect with a new audience in a new country, and through that, we made the stage our home. The Festival taught us so much about music and about ourselves. By the end of the festival, we were a better band than the one that landed in Croatia."

JESAWinners of Imagine 2016

Become An Organizer

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Imagine is about creating an international platform for the development of young talented musicians. The more countries involved the merrier!

If you are running an existing competition it would mean taking on the Imagine branding as well as the basic criteria of being open to all-styles, and musicians between the ages of 13-21. If you are starting from scratch, then we’ve got everything you need to get you started. Just ask!

Imagine organisers must be members of JM International. There is an annual membership fee which covers the licence to run the Imagine program (as well as other JMI programs). This is your first step. From there on out you will be guided towards organising your first Imagine.

For more info visit jmi.net/about-membership

BENEFITS

  • Added International Value
  • Globally Recognised Brand
  • Participate in the Imagine Festival
  • International Exchanges
  • Joint Fundraising & Sponsorship
  • 25 Years of Experience
  • Share Best Practices
  • Knowledge

Contact us for more information at hello@imaginefestival.net

become a sponsor

Do you believe in the power of music and want to help young musicians develop their careers? Help us becoming a sponsor!

Why?
Several benefits:

  • Added International Value
  • Globally Recognised Brand
  • Brand awareness among young musicians
  • Support of good causes (musical quality, originality, diversity, creativity, safe sound and gender equality)

How to become a sponsorContact us at: hello@imaginefestival.net

Our current sponsors

FAQ

The standard limit to take part to the Imagine program is 13 – 21 years old.

  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Zimbabwe

Each year the time schedules vary from country to country depending on their national environment.This timeline is a rough overview of the Imagine program:

Imagine invests in the development of young musicians providing them an international exchanges platform and tuition through masterclasses, workshops, concerts, tours, recordings, promotion and many more!

National Imagine competitions are held annually in each participating country, culminating in the international Imagine Festival, where the winning bands from each country come together to compete for the chance to win an international Imagine tour.

For more information on how to participate check this page.

Unfortunately you can participate only if your country is member of the Imagine program (and of the JMI network). But we are expanding our platform year after year, so keep looking, we may include your country soon!

If you aim to become an organizer check our guide.

Our current sponsors

If you wish to join them and become a sponsor visit this page