NextGen Competition – FAQ & Rules


Written by Jon Skinner

08 September 2017

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When will the finalist will be announced?
There are two age groups (14-17 & 18-23). There will be 8 shortlisted finalists for each age group (16 in total) and the two winners (1 per age group) will be announced on Thursday 1st February 2018.

How do I enter the competition?
Simply by recording any form of musical performance, singing, playing an instrument on a phone or any other recording device and submitting the video or an audio file here. Any genre goes too – read this for more.

Is there an age limit to enter?
Yes, there are two age groups. Based on your age on 1st September 2017. You must be at least 14 years old and younger than 18 (for the first age group 14-17). The second age group is 18 – 23 year olds. You cannot enter the competition if you are younger than 14 or older than 23 on the 1st September 2017. However, you can join the Music Gateway platform, check here.

Is there a deadline for submission?
Yes, there is a deadline to submit your music by midnight Monday 15th January 2018.

I have submitted my music but I haven’t heard back yet?
We will be communicating to you and providing updates, check your spam folder just in case any emails have gone there by mistake. You will hear from us.

Can I submit a cover version of somebody else’s song?
Yes, you can sing, perform any song by anyone, these are called cover versions and are allowed in this competition. You can also submit original songs and music as well.

Can I enter the competition as a school, college or university?
You are automatically entered into a separate prize draw to win equipment for the school. As soon as 5 or more students / pupils enter the competition, you will go into the draw. If the school choir for example would like to enter, than that would have to be submitted by one person (the choir leader).

Do I have to pay to enter the competition?
No, the competition is free of charge.

If you can’t find the answer to your question, then please feel free to contact us on 0208 143 3245 or email nextgen@musicgateway.com and we will be happy to help assist you.

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– What can your School, College or University win?
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– NextGen – Competition Terms


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