Radio 2 Young Folk Award: the search is on for new young
BBC Radio 2 has launched the 2009 Young Folk Award and is looking
for people aged between 15 and 20, performing folk, roots and
acoustic music from any culture, to join in the annual UK-wide
Prizes include gigs at top UK festivals, a Radio 2 session and a
year's free membership of the Musicians' Union.
Entries will be
judged this September and up to 12 acts will then be invited to
the semi-final audition weekend in Stratford-on-Avon from 10 to 12 October.
At the semi-final, Tom McConville, Damien Barber and other music
industry professionals will work with the entrants, leading
workshops in stagecraft, technical support and the music
business, and advise on their performances for the semi-final
Up to six acts then go to the Queen Elizabeth
Hall, in London's Southbank Centre, for the final on Friday 5 December.
Highlights of this show will be broadcast on Radio
2's Mike Harding show.
To enter, each group, duo or soloist should send a recording of
their music along with a completed entry form to: BBC Radio 2
Young Folk Award, Mrs Casey Music, PO Box 296, Matlock,
Derbyshire, DE4 3XU.
To request an entry form please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01629 827012.
Alternatively download an entry form at
Entrants must live in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern
For information and full entry guidelines visit
email@example.com, or call 01629
Entry forms and recordings must arrive by Monday 1 September
Previous winners have been Tim van Eyken, Uiscedwr, Bodega, Last
Orders and last year's winners, Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller,
who have a busy folk festival itinerary for 2008.
competition is open to soloists, duos and groups and always
attracts a large and diverse entry.
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