Future Music Songwriting Competition is launched

Songwriting competition: New for 2015, Future Music is launching a UK songwriting competition to find the best songwriters in the UK. The competition will provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to get their music heard and potentially get signed. There is also the opportunity to perform in a Grand Final showcase in London in front of A&R who work for the three major record labels.

FUTURE MUSIC UK SONGWRITING COMPETITION

A prestigious panel of music industry judges are at every stage of the songwriting competition, offering songwriters exposure of their music to the most influential decision-makers in the music industry, including A&R representatives who work for the UK’s three major record labels – Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music.

The UK songwriting competition is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of many of the best songwriters in the UK song writers such as:

  • Atlantic Record’s Jacob Banks
  • Warner Music’s Birdy
  • Sony’s Luke Friend
  • Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan

SONGWRITING COMPETITION CATEGORIES

The songwriting contest is open to all ages; however there will be additional categories for songwriters under the age of 15 and 18 years of age. There will also be additional songwriting awards for the categories of genres including; Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Urban, Christian, Gospel, Latin, Electronic and Folk.

Acts don’t need a professional recording  to enter the songwriting competition, as entries will be judged on their originality, melody, composition, lyrics (where applicable) and their potential to be a hit song.

SHOWCASE OF UK SONGWRITING TALENT

The winning acts that make the Grand Final showcase in London will have the chance to perform on a stage that has hosted the likes of Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding, Coldplay and the Foo Fighters at Dingwalls, a world-renowned music venue right in the hub of London’s music scene in Camden.

So, if you think you’ve got what it takes and want your songwriting heard by music industry professionals, click here to enter your song into the songwriting competition.

http://songwritingcompetitionuk.com/

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Dominic Halpin raising money for the Moore Foundation with new single

One of our favourite new festive tracks to come out this year, ‘Ho Ho Ho It’s Christmas’ is an unpretenious Christmas treat, but one which has a point to make. The single is raising money for the Moore Foundation, a charity which helps children in various ways, and it’s a superb cause to support – get the single for 99p on iTunes now!

Spirals self-titled debut mixtape this winter

Starting out on a brand new musical journey after some enforced time out of the industry due to illness, Spirals is the working title of excellent songwriter John Aziz.

His new mix tape (or mini-album) is a real statement of intent – self-written, recorded, produced and mastered. Written with the ambition of creating an epic, brilliant psych-rock album like classic Pink Floyd or Kraftwerk, Spirals draws from and blends together elements of classic song writing and musicianship with modern production techniques.

You can get a taste of what the self-titled debut release has to offer here:

In spite of his retro musical preferences, Spirals is heading down a modern route for the release, making the music available via BitTorrent Bundles in similar fashion to Thom Yorke’s recent surprise solo album. You can also get it at http://spiralsssss.bandcamp.com/releases

So focussed on the music that he abandoned a job writing about economics and business to begin playing again after his enforced break, this release is the first in what looks likely to be a versatile string of music from the songwriter.

Not one to rest on his laurels, he already planning and writing his next release, an acoustic folk mixtape. Ambitious and innovative, this is the work and mind of a true music lover.

Links:

www.twitter.com/Spiralssss

https://www.facebook.com/pages/spirals/112477135447300

www.soundcloud.com/spiralsssss

http://spiralsssss.bandcamp.com/releases

 

‘I Wonder Where He Is Now’ – Help For Heroes charity single by Gary Chilton

According to Gary Chilton’s Facebook page, his new single ‘I Wonder Where He Is Now’ is flying off the shelves in shops such as Tesco and HMV, which is excellent to hear seeing as the single is raising money for Help For Heroes – the charity that helps injured servicemen and the families of those not lucky enough to come home from combat.

Released over the weekend, it’s really good to know the song is doing well – not only is it for a good cause, but it’s a really lovely song too. Check it out above if you haven’t already, and buy your own copy to support the cause of nothing else:

Amazon / iTunes