R.A.E wins Glastonbury 2020 Emerging Talent Competition

AJIMAL is awarded second place and Matilda Mann is awarded third place

Photograph of winner R.A.E
Above: Emerging Talent Competition winner R.A.E

Glastonbury is delighted to announce that R.A.E has been selected from thousands of entries as the winner of its 2020 Emerging Talent Competition, which is once again supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation.

The incredible South-East Londoner was the overwhelming choice of the panel of judges, who were wowed by R.A.E’s radiant, pin-sharp hip-hop and R&B.

R.A.E’s prize is a slot on one of the main stages at Glastonbury 2021. She will also be awarded a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation to help take her songwriting and performing to the next level.

The final judges – who included Michael and Emily Eavis, Glastonbury stage bookers, music business professionals and former ETC winner Declan McKenna – awarded second place to Newcastle’s spellbinding AJIMAL and third place to West London singer-songwriter Matilda Mann. Both acts will be invited to play at Glastonbury 2021 and receive a £2,500 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation.


I’m absolutely thrilled for R.A.E. Her music is so uplifting and vibrant, and she absolutely wowed the judges. I really can’t wait to see her at next year’s Glastonbury!

Emily Eavis

A huge congratulations from all of us at PRS for Music to the outstanding R.A.E and runners up AJIMAL and Matilda Mann. The level of talent these songwriters have already displayed at such an early stage is inspiring. We look forward to supporting them as they take the next step in their careers.

Amy Field, Senior Events Manager, PRS for Music

Huge congratulations to the fantastic R.A.E. for winning this year’s Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition! The shortlist was incredibly competitive and we’re delighted to be awarding our £5,000 talent development bursary to R.A.E. and both £2,500 bursaries to the brilliant runners-up AJIMAL and Matilda Mann. We look forward to following their progress and seeing them perform at next year’s Glastonbury Festival

Becci Scotcher, Senior Grants and Programmes Manager, PRS Foundation

Each year, the free-to-enter Emerging Talent Competition is open to new UK and Ireland-based acts of any musical genre, who are asked to enter with one recorded track and a video of themselves performing.

Following the January entry period, a panel of 30 of the UK’s best online music writers and bloggers narrowed down the thousands of acts to a longlist of just 90. The eight finalists were then selected from that list by judges including Emily Eavis and Glastonbury’s Head of Music Programming, Nick Dewey. With no live finals possible this year, the final judges then used the eight acts’ songs and videos to select the winner.

The 2019 Emerging Talent Competition winner was the soulful singer-songwriter Marie White, who has since signed with Decca Records and Universal Music Publishing Group following a year of highlights which included her performances at Glastonbury, a 6 Music live session and supporting Keane at the Royal Albert Hall.

About PRS for Music

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

About PRS Foundation

Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £44 million to over 8,500 new music initiatives. 9 out of 12 Mercury Prize 2022 nominees had received PRS Foundation support (including the winner Little Simz) and the charity has supported BRITS, RPS, AIM and Ivors Award-winners.

PRS Foundation supports outstanding talent from all backgrounds, covering the whole of the UK and all genres, with grantee success stories including Little Simz, Wolf Alice, Dave, Sam Fender, Years & Years, AJ Tracey, Anna Meredith, Yola, Glass Animals, Ezra Collective, Jade Bird, Ghetts, Shiva Feshareki, Sarathy Korwar, Floating Points, Nadine Shah, The Fanatix, Imogen Heap, IDLES, Kae Tempest, Kojey Radical and Emily Burns.

Widely respected as an inclusive, collaborative and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity through direct grants to music creators and through support for pioneering organisations, including venues, festivals, promoters and other talent development organisations. PRS Foundation founded the Women Make Music fund, co-founded global gender equality initiative, Keychange and most recently launched the POWER UP initiative to tackle anti-Black racism in music. 

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