Local band win national music award

Floodliners, from South East London, have now been announced as the overall winner of the Next Brit Thing songwriting award.

Floodliners, from South East London, have now been announced as the overall winner of the Next Brit Thing songwriting award, sponsored by PRS for Music, from over 1,000 entries. The competition was open to young people aged 11-19 and was supported by the UK music industry, The BRIT Awards and the Government.

PRS for Music specifically wanted to recognise entrants to the Next Brit Thing who have submitted an original pop song or classical work as their entry.  Over a thousand Next Brit Things entries were original compositions underpinning the vast creative young creative talent across the UK.

A judging panel consisting of Simon Darlow - 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, selected seven entrants to be commended.

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All we want to do is play and write our own music- what more is there!! We also want to say a big thank you to the NBT and PRS for Music for giving us the stage to shine. 

Floodliners

Nominee shortlist (in no particular order)

Artist

Track

Genre

Location

Chloe Wilders

You Don't Know Me

Rock

Northern Ireland

Katherine Priddy

Selah

Folk, Indie

Midlands

Jessica Hammond

Thinking Of You

Acoustic

Northern Ireland

White PsychicOs

Ever After

Pop

North England

Floodliners

Freeze

Hip Hop, Pop, Punk

South England

The Off Beat

Don't Make Me Call

Folk, Indie

Midlands

Stevie-Jo Dooley

Brainwave

Jazz, Pop

South England

They have won 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. 

To listen to the shortlist visit www.nextbritthing.com.

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

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 nearly 15m 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 £621.5m in 2016, 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.