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NextGen Competition – What is it?

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Inspiring Creativity, Music & Talent

in Schools, Colleges & Universities

Next Gen Judge Aston Merrygold 

We’re on a mission to find the best up and coming talent in the UK!

We know that there’s a wealth of talent out there, hiding in classrooms and lectures and at band practice. The next Adeles and Ed Sheerans are restringing their guitars and singing in their showers as we speak – we want to find them.

NextGen is a free to enter, online music competition for all young people aged 14-23. If you have any musical talents, or if you know someone who does, they could be the winner of a lifechanging prize!

All they need to do is submit any type of performance across any genre or instrument, whether it’s an original song, a cover, a solo or with an ensemble. Then, our expert judging panel will review the submissions and choose their favourite.

NextGen Judge and X Factor Winner Ben Haenow

The winner will receive a life-changing recording package worth £5k and priceless industry introductions across TV, Film & Music. Furthermore, each school and university who have 5+ students enter will be entered into a prize draw which could see them winning thousands of pounds worth of musical equipment.

I’m 14-23 years old, what do I need to do?.

 “My favourite part of working in the music industry, is recognising greatness in a song or the discovery and nurturing of a talent and helping it grow. A great song can be written by anyone and never dies, but sometimes It takes time to come to life and I hope to be someone that can help stimulate that growth. I’m very excited to be working amongst such a great cross section of judges and super excited to see what talent we can uncover” A&R Professional and NextGen Judge James Dewar

I’m a teacher, what do I need to know?

Dave Stewart – Songwriter, Producer, Entrepeneur and NextGen Judge 

If you know you’ve got students with some talent, we just need you to encourage them to put themselves forward for the opportunity of a lifetime and you could win some amazing equipment for the school.

 “Music deals with your feelings, your ability to communicate , your spirit and soul, and your identity. It’s deeply personal and can inspire you to be a more open, better version of yourself. I’m really hoping music teachers all over the country will use Мusic Gateway’s NextGen to encourage young people with their instruments in school, and beyond – so music can enrich their lives as it has mine.” Nicola Benedetti


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