Youth

The Youth category is open to artists who are the age of 19 or under at the time of the awards.

Similarly the members of any group or band that has entered this category must be of an average age of 19 or under.

Young musicians are confined in their access to larger audiences outside of the school environment. The great wealth of younger talent often lies undiscovered until after leaving school. Therefore this category provides the young artist a forum to display their talents to wider exposure in the entertainment industry. It enables the young artist to gain access to the right contacts to get their music played now rather than later.

This is an open category incorporating all genres.

THIS YEAR IT IS POSSIBLE TO NOMINATE YOUR HIGH SCHOOL AND RECEIVE A PRIZE FOR YOUR HIGH SCHOOL AS WELL AS FOR THE YOUTH ENTRANT. SEE INSTRUCTIONS WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR WORK.

We are looking for:

  1. Strength of composition
  2. Originality
  3. Relevance to category
  4. Delivery of composition

Although recording quality and production values are not governing factors in this category, we expect a reasonable standard. A strong piece will be severely hampered either by poor delivery or recording. The winning piece will be the one which best meets these requirements.

If there are not enough entries in a category that you have entered to go ahead you will be contacted and given the choice receive a refund or if we can successfully contact you by the 9th of September 2017 we will offer you the opportunity to enter the same song into a different category that meets the criteria.