The Global Challenges Youth Music Contest (GYMC) 2015


Deadline: 27 September 2015
Open to: applicants under the age of 35 from all over the world
Prize: trip to Paris, France, a GYMC15 Champion Trophy and a cash prize of 1.500 €


The Global Challenges Youth Music Contest (GYMC) is an online music video competition for young people organized by International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches (IAAI), a Civil Society Organization based in Klagenfurt/Austria in cooperation with UNESCO Management of Social Transformation (MOST) programme, UNFCCC Climate Secretariat and other partners.

The overall objective of the Global Challenges Youth Music Contest is to use the power of music to promote the understanding of the importance of global challenges – like e.g. climate change – for every global citizen and to engage young people in activities that contribute to global and local public good in the context of goals and programs of United Nations system.

With the 2015 edition of Global Challenges Youth Music Contest (#GYMC15) the organizers aim to

  • Communicate the topics of the World Climate Conference UNFCCC COP21 which will be held in Paris in December 2015 to young people through peer communication (= “informal global citizenship education”)
  • Create and spread positive messages about youth led climate action
  • Promote low-carbon lifestyles and ‚think global – act local‘ values and action
  • Show to policymakers that young people demand strong global cooperation and bold action on climate change

The 2015 Global Challenges Youth Music Contest consists of 2 main parts:

  • the online competition which will identify 3 finalists and
  • the TV Show (which will be held during COP21 at UNESCO Headquarters and will be globally broadcasted in cooperation with strong media partners) in which the GYMC15 overall winner will be identified through live on-site and online voting

and has been certified by the authorities of COP21 host country France as a ‘COP21 certified project‘ which is authorised to use the official COP21 logo (see image below)

logo cop 21 carr


  • the age limit for participants is 35 years (older team members, like e.g. teachers, social workers, partners from entertainment sector etc., are welcome, too but the main creative work has to be contributed by team members below the age limit of 35 years)
  • Entrants must own all content (song, video and all parts of the content), or must have secured all necessary rights from any relevant third parties with respect to such content they upload
  • Only songs that are original in all respects are eligible to participate. No cover versions!
  • Songs that have been submitted to other online music video competitions (e.g. Rio+20 GYMC) are eligible for participation in GYMC15 unless they have already won an award in any international competition


  • The 3 GYMC15 Finalists will receive a Round trip for 1 person for participation in COP21 World Climate Conference in Paris, France December 2015; and the opportunity to participate in 2015 GYMC TV show to present their music and story on youth and climate change action
  • The GYMC15 overall winner will receive in addition a GYMC15 Champion Trophy and a cash prize of 1.500 €


  • 12th August 2015: Start of the competition with uploading on
  • 27th September 2015: end of upload phase
  • 1stOctober: internal jury presents list of 30 GYMC15 participants & start of public worldwide voting in combination with expert/celebrities jury
  • 1st – 31st of October online and jury voting
  • early November 2015 public announcement of the 3 finalists
  • 3rd of December, presentation of the 3 finalists at COP21 conference Young and Future Generations Day
  • 6th of December, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, 2015 GYMC TV Show with live voting on overall winner

GYMC Contest Quality Criteria

2015 GYMC entries pre-selection (identifying the 30 pre-finalists entries on 30 September) will be accomplished by IAAI team members and cooperation partners and guided by following considerations (no appeals possible):

  • creativity: is the story of the song innovative and compelling for a global audience
  • knowledge and action: does the song help explain to a broad audience what climate change is, why it is important for young people and why global and local collaborative action are needed
  • power of music: does the music touch the heart
  • celebrating diversity: does the entry contribute to geographic, cultural etc. diversity of GYMC

 Good Luck and a great “Thank You!” to all who will submit their artwork!

 The World needs Your Music!

Submit here:

The official webpage



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