Music for Youth, the educational charity which stages the School Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, is hoping to move its summer festival to Birmingham on a long-term basis.
The National Festival of Music for Youth, which brings together 10,000 young people from across Britain to perform in a week-long event, was held in the city last summer because its usual home, the Royal Festival Hall, is closed for a major refurbishment.
It will also return to Birmingham this year.
But yesterday Music for Youth's founder-director Larry Westland revealed that he will be meeting representatives of the city council and Birmingham venues next week to discuss keeping the festival in the city for at least another five years.
Speaking during the Primary School Prom which Music for Youth stages at Symphony Hall each year, Mr Westland said: "The atmosphere here, the sense of civic pride, is something you don't get in London.
"There everyone has seen and done it, and we're just another event."
Last year's festival brought six days of music-making to the city centre, ranging from primary school percussion groups to full-scale symphony orchestras, jazz and rock bands, presented in Symphony Hall, the Adrian Boult Hall and the CBSO Centre.
"We do have problems with the location, but they're not insurmountable," Mr Westland said.
"Symphony Hall, to my mind, is second to none, but the other two venues only just work and we had to cut numbers down from 12,000 to 10,000.
"At the moment we are trying to squeeze middle-scale groups into the Adrian Boult Hall, and it doesn't lend itself to rock and pop."
The reopening of the remodelled Town Hall, planned for next year, could provide the perfect complement to Symphony Hall in staging the festival. But Birmingham's business community would also need to recognise its value to the city.
"I'm hoping we can get some sponsorship from companies, because that's the only way we can make it possible," Mr Westland said.
"We need about £100,000 which can be done in £10,000s, £30,000s or £5,000s, and we will credit each sponsor. They will get certain benefits like free tickets and publicity."
The 2006 National Festival of Music for Youth will take place in Birmingham from July 10 to 15.