Parents and youth outside of the entertainment business are unfamiliar with methods to best guide their activities toward building professional careers in today’s music industry. The pitfalls of lacking competitive skills or making misguided decisions can be hindering. Parents and youth connecting together with other parents and youth learn the benefits of collaboration, teamwork, shared challenges and victories. Harnessing the power of today’s music industry is an extraordinary vehicle to unite parents and youth.



Call for Entries Campaign targets youth age 12-29 through schools & media promotion. Registration is required by both parents and youth under the age of 18. The program is absolutely free. Audition details and regulations are available at Youth selections are based on audio, video and essay posted to the Official YME Youtube Channel. All submissions will be reviewed by an Advisory Board. 100 selected youth will be invited to participate in the program.



The interactive industry database consists of trends, connections and networking available to all registrants, offering access to education tools, professional resources and career mentoring.



The mission of the Youth Music Expo is to identify and support the next generation of artists, talents and entrepreneurs with unprecedented international exposure through unparalleled solutions & resources in education, training, networking and opportunities to build and sustain professional careers in the music industry.

Zero to Hero Incubator / Artist Development Case Study is a collaboration enlisting teams of specialists that guide an artist in professional development activities from ground floor to success platforms. Included are music industry experts, social media gurus, music branding advisors, a&r, songwriters, producers, engineers and mentors.

Berklee College of Music in Boston is a leading world class contemporary music university heralded for innovation, technology and talented alumni who function in every sphere of the music industry.

Columbia College Chicago is the largest media college in the United States to offer training in all areas of the entertainment business with special focus on music business management.

Belmont University School of Music in Nashville is a prestigious music school on “Music Row” with major access to celebrities, studios, industry networking and showcase performance opportunities.

Stage 4U Academy in Sweden is a training academy focused on international music business & artist development. The program is directed by Pama Records, Pama Studios and Pama writers, producers, directors, stylists, agents and music marketing leaders.

Musexpo in Los Angeles is an exclusive music industry networking and showcase event attracting key taste makers, trend setters, entrepreneurs and influences across all borders in music & media.

Midem in Cannes is a trade show highlighting talents, thoughts, technologies and travelers from around the world. Held at the prestigious Palais De Festivals with showcases & seminars daily.

World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood is an invitation only global talent competition celebrating 18 years of excellence with 58 countries auditioning 100,000 delegate candidates.

i-Choose ICAP (Int’l Committee of Artists for Peace) is an anti-bullying youth program of music performances & dialog between cast members and audience. Led by ICAP VP Kay Yoshikawa, music icons Co-Presidents Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, celebrity actor Executive VP Patrick Duffy and Board Member Carlos Santana.

The International Music Industry Academy for Recording, Performance & Career Training is a state of the art recording studio, live performance venue, video stage and international music industry networking platform offering unparalleled solutions & resources to youth, artists and entrepreneurs nationwide. Technology and music industry specialists participate in training seminars, master clinics and artist in residence programs that advance knowledge, skills and career development opportunities to build and sustain professional careers in the music industry.

The Honorarium Awards offer support grants to the Academy for global music industry networking, international youth music educational exchanges, artist in residence programs and studio facility access for youth, artists and entrepreneurs to create professional demos, portfolios, recordings, videos and industry networking events.

The Academy supports the Youth Music Expo enabling youth, artists and entrepreneurs to advance their education, excel in their chosen disciplines and build lasting music industry relationships. Plans include the development of The Academy Record Label, The Academy Internet Channel and The Academy Song Competition.

From graduating Berklee College of Music in Boston (BA Degree Jazz Composition / Guitar) to the main stages of Las Vegas & Hollywood, to the prestigious studios of Los Angeles, Nashville, New York & Europe, Sondheim shares working strategies, insights and possibilities for youth to advance in today’s music business.

Leveraging three decades of high profile professional accomplishments, Sondheim demystifies uncertainties while addressing concerns facing youth who seek to build and sustain careers in the music industry. Utilizing his international network of industry connections, expert skill sets and unique career experiences Sondheim  delivers empowering confidence with his signature platform “Creating Success in Your Own Lane”.

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