Organization - National Music Competitions For Young Artists Foundation, Inc.

National Music Competitions For Young Artists Foundation, Inc.
Basic Information
English National Music Competitions For Young Artists Foundation, Inc.
Local language Pambansang Paligsahan Ng Musika Ng Mga Artistang Kabataan
Country Philippines
Category Foundation
Domain Performing Arts
Function Identification
Education and Training
Established year 1973

NAMCYA Three-fold program:

  • Discovering and developing young Filipino musicians from all over the country through annual competitions
  • Organizing workshops and trainings
  • Cultivating Filipino music by commissioning new works from Filipino and Asian composers and performance thereof

The National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) is the country’s most prestigious competition for young musicians. For more than four decades, it has identified and nurtured the musical genius of our country’s youth producing a wealth of accomplished musicians who have won and gained considerable experience from their NAMCYA participation, and are now recognized as consummate artists in the local and international scene.

In recognition of the Filipinos’ innate love for music, the National Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) was formally organized in 1973 under Presidential Proclamation No. 1173 and amended on November 1988 as a response to “the imperative need to develop and promote Philippine music as an art and as a handmaid of cultural development.”

PP 1173 has designated the last week of November of each year as National Music Week, with the NAMCYA Competitions as main highlights of the celebration. In 2001, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Presidential Proclamation No. 80 which affirms NAMCYA’s mission for the nation’s young artists. This Proclamation further designates the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as the primary supporting agency of this endeavor.

Major Activities
  1. Annual Competitions


  • Choir
  • Rondalla
  • Symphonic Band
  • Chamber Music (Winds and Strings)
  • Traditional Music Ensemble


  • Voice
  • Strings and Winds Instruments
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Traditional Instruments

2. Master Classes and Workshops

3. Commissioning of New Works

4. Outreach Performances

Contact Information (Organization)
Address NAMCYA Office, Folk Arts Theater, Pedro Bukaneg Street, CCP Complex, Pasay City 1307
Tel +63 2 836 4928, +63 2 836-4929, +63 949 993 2592

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