Music

Sponsored by: Nottingham Music Hub


To enter the Music category, you can either write a song or musical composition OF NO MORE THAN 5 MINUTES. There is no theme, so judges will make their decisions based on the quality of your composition and the creative ideas within your music (rather than the professionalism of the recording), and how well your accompanying documentation supports it.

We would like all entrants to accompany their music with the following:

• A lyric sheet (if relevant) – this is essential if your piece includes any singing/words.
• A description of the piece, including what inspired you.
• How the use of instruments, arrangement, any effects or musical ideas supports your entry.
• We ask that all music submitted is original, so if you are using any samples or ideas taken from elsewhere please include the source, why you chose to use it and how it enhances your music.

There are two routes of entry into the music category:

1) VIA THE YCA WEBSITE – Send us a recording of your music:
Upload your entry to YouTube or SoundCloud or similar social media. Complete the application form on this website and submit it to the Young Creative Awards, include the link to your music, with the completed application form and a copy of the lyrics (if it is a song), or short explanation (if it is an instrumental composition). As with all YCA categories, entries are judged within three age groups: 11-15, 16-18 and 19-24.

The closing date for entering this way, through the Young Creative Awards website, is Monday 23 March 2020.

2) NOISE FROM THE NEXT GENERATION (NNG)
– Alternatively, if you would like to enter as a live, performing act, you can follow these steps:

You can enter your original song via the Nottingham Music Hub’s Noise from the Next Generation, who will record a live version of it and enter you, on your behalf, to the Young Creative Awards.  You will need to send a completed NNG application form and a copy of the lyrics (if it is a song), or short explanation (if it is an instrumental composition), via the Submit Entry page on the NNG website. You should explain on your entry form what inspired you and how you created the work.

More information on Noise from the Next Generation 2020
Nottingham Music Hub’s annual live music competition, celebrating young bands and artists in the region, partnered with the Young Creative Awards. Prizes include a Nusic Future Session, automatic entry into the semi-finals of the Future Sound of Nottingham, Confetti recording time, recording time and Artist Management with YMCA Digital, and more.

This event is only open to bands/artists/acts that have a majority of members who live, study or work in Nottingham. So, you may live outside the city, but as long as you attend a school, college or university within the city, or work within the city you may still enter.

There are 2 age groups for Noise from the Next Generation entries: 11-15 and 16-18.

Age 11-15 Requirements (NNG):

• THE MAJORITY OF THE BAND MUST BE WITHIN THE AGE CATEGORY 11-15 on the day of the final (3 March 2020) to be able to enter this category.
• Each artist or band will be asked to perform three songs. One MUST be an original, the others can be covers or originals.
• More details can be found on the website www.nottinghammusichub.org.uk.
• All music must be live (no backing tracks).
• Each band will have 15 minutes performance time in the final.

Age 16-18 Requirements (NNG):
• All band members MUST BE AGED BETWEEN 16-18 on the day of the final (5 March 2020).
• Each artist or band will be asked to perform three songs. Two MUST be originals, the third song can be a cover or an original. This has been requested to fulfil eligibility criteria to enter the Future Sound of Nottingham competition and the Young Creative Awards. More details can be found on the website www.nottinghammusichub.org.uk.
• All music must be live (no backing tracks).
• Each band will have 15 minutes performance time in the final.

Age 19-24:
It is not possible to enter by the NNG route – however, you can still enter YCA via the website route described above.

Key NNG dates:

Thursday 13th February Closing date for entries via the Noise from the Next Generation competition
Thursday 27th February Heats for the Noise from the Next Generation, both age categories, from 5:30pm at Nottingham College Clarendon
Saturday 29th February Workshop for Noise from the Next Generation, 11-15 years from 9am-11am, 16-18 years from 11am-1pm, at Nottingham College Clarendon
Tuesday 3rd March Finals of the Noise from the Next Generation 11-15 category, at Cafe Sobar, Friar Lane
Thursday 5th March Finals of the Noise from the Next Generation 16-18 category, at Rock City