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. This year there is no theme, so we will make our judgements based on your music, 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. YCA WEBSITE – Send us a recording of your music:

Upload your entry to YouTube or Sound Cloud 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 a musical composition), via the website.

The closing date for entering this way, through the Young Creative Awards website is Sunday 24th March 2019.

  1. NOISE FROM THE NEXT GENERATION – 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 (NNG) competition, 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 a musical 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 2018 

Nottingham Music Hub’s annual live music competition, celebrating young bands and artists in the region, partnered with the Young Creative Awards.

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 categories for different age groups: 13-15 and 16-18.

Age 13-15 Requirements:

  • THE MAJORITY OF THE BAND MUST BE WITHIN THE AGE CATEGORY 13-15 on the day of the final submission date (Sunday 24th March 2019) to be able to enter this category. If the MAJORITY of the band is within the 13-15 age range, we can accommodate members who are 11-16.
  • 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:

  • All band members MUST BE BETWEEN 16-18 on the day of the final (Sunday 24th March 2019). If the MAJORITY of the band is within the 16-18 age range, we can accommodate members who are 15-19.
  • 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.

Key dates:

Closing dates for entries via the Noise from the Next Generation competition: Monday 12th February 2018

Heats for Noise from the Next Generation, both age categories, from 5:30pm Tuesday 27th February at NCN Clarendon

Workshop for Noise from the Next Generation, 13-15 years from 9am-11am, 16-18 years from 11am-1pm, Saturday 3rd March at Nottingham Academy, Greenwood Road site

Finals of the Noise from the Next Generation 13-15 category Monday 5 March 2018, 6pm at The Maze.

Finals of the Noise from the Next Generation 16-18 category Sunday 11 March 2018, 6pm at Rock City.

Closing date for Music entry via the Young Creative Awards online entry: Friday 23rd March.