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PRS for Music backs nationwide music competition to find Next Brit Thing 

21 November 2011

PRS for Music is backing Next BRIT Thing - a major music competition for young people aged 11-19 supported by the UK music industry, The BRIT Awards and the Government.

PRS for Music is specifically supporting the Composition award of Next BRIT Thing which is looking for young musicians in any genre to share their original musical works, compete in online charts and perform live.

The winner of the prestigious PRS for Music award will receive a day’s studio session with a top music producer in Strongroom Studios, Shoreditch - part of the world famous AIR Studios Group. The AIR Studios Group is the recording home for many of today's top artists including Coldplay, Muse, George Michael, Arctic Monkeys, Florence & the Machine, Patrick Wolf, Placebo and Pixie Lott. 

The judging panel will consist of Simon Darlow, a top songwriter and musical director, Ellis Rich OBE, music publishing guru and former Chairman of PRS for Music and British film composer Julian Nott, best known for his work in the Wallace and Gromit films.

Many young stars including Gary Barlow, Pixie Lott and Paloma Faith are supporting the scheme.

The other two awards are General (covering Pop, Rock, Urban, Folk and Jazz) and a Classical award.

Next BRIT Thing is open to all 11-19 year olds whether in formal education or not.  It offers entrants a raft of prizes and money-can’t-buy opportunities, including the chance to perform in front of thousands and exclusive support and guidance from famous musicians and songwriters. 

Members of the public can listen to the entries and place their vote via the competition website at www.nextbritthing.com, via Facebook at www.facebook.com/nextbritthing and by using the competition’s free iPhone app.

The regional events take place in the first week in February 2012, with the finalists going forward to the national final at the O2 Indigo in March 2012.

Young people entering Next BRIT Thing also have access to high-quality tutorials and resources to help them improve their skills, develop confidence and explore careers in music or other creative industries.

Some of the UK’s biggest music stars are supporting Next BRIT Thing and encouraging young people to get involved:

“I would have loved there to have been a nationwide music competition like this when I was at school. The Next BRIT Thing will give young musicians a chance to get themselves heard, to be creative and show off their talents to the whole country. I'm really looking forward to hearing some great songs. Good luck and get involved if you haven't already!”
Gary Barlow – Take That

Music is the only global language and an opportunity for young people to put their views and emotions into lyrics and melodies is a great thing.”
Jessie J

It's tough to get started in the music industry and Next BRIT Thing is a brilliant competition that gives all young people in the UK a chance to make it big. If you love music, get involved.”
Pixie Lott

I am so excited about the Next BRIT Thing. Music is such a rush...I can’t wait to hear the entries.”
Paloma Faith

If you want to get a break in the music business, entering the Next BRIT Thing competition is a really cool way to get your music heard.”
Tinchy Stryder

“This is massive... Get involved yo...Showcase your talent... Could be the beginning of BIG THINGS for you”

The Next BRIT Thing is an exciting thing! I am constantly hearing great new music coming from all over the country and it's going to be great to focus on new artists and see new talent get the recognition it deserves!”
Eliza Doolittle

Get involved! What have you got to lose? Nothing!! It’s exciting that an opportunity like this even exists!”
Dionne Bromfield

As a band we know how hard it is to get your music heard in the beginning. Next BRIT Thing offers young musicians a brilliant chance. I’d encourage everyone to get involved!”
Dappy, NDubz


About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

Next BRIT Thing

Next BRIT Thing is supported by Government (through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Education (DfE)), the devolved administrations and the music labels trade body the BPI.

The competition is delivered by a partnership of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, Radiowaves, NUMU and Musical Futures, with support from the BRIT Trust, PRS for Music, the Official Charts Company and the Music Industry Association with media support from Metro newspapers and Global Radio.

The competition is open to UK residents between the ages of 11 and 19 years.  More details about specific competition entry requirements will be available when the competition fully opens in September.

All entries must be uploaded on the Next BRIT Thing website, winners will be chosen through online charts, voting and judging panels at live performances.  Entries can be uploaded from September 2011 and anyone can register now to receive information and updates at www.nextbritthing.com

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