Noise from the Next Generation

Noise from the Next Generation 

Noise from the Next Generation (NNG) is an exciting competition for young people making music in Nottingham City. It is absolutely free to enter and winners get amazing prizes including artist management, recording time and performance opportunities.

While this year we will not be holding NNG in the usual fashion, stay tuned for some fantastic opportunities to share your music and learn new skills.

How NNG works

Entrants compete in a first round of Heats and the finalists for both age categories then participate in a workshop. The workshop is a great opportunity to get some professional tips for the final performance.

Two finals are held, with one for the 11-15 Age Category and one for the 16-18 Age Category which has been held at Rock City for the last few years.

NNG is a brilliant opportunity to tap into the city's local music scene. Rock City is one of the most popular live music venues in Nottingham City and it would be a fantastic opportunity to perform there. Moreover, our winners have performance opportunities throughout the year so winning the competition can really open up a host of exciting gigs!

Noise from the Next Generation 2020

After an exciting heats, five acts went through to compete in the Junior Finals at Sobar and five performed at Rock City in the Senior category final. Read below for results!

Junior Final

The Project won Artist Management with YMCA Digital, and Alligator won recording time. Congratulations everyone!

Senior Final

As always, the final at Rock City was buzzing with energy and talent. All five acts were great and the prizes were given as follows:

Subway Conversation won Radfest slot and LeftLion interview, Weekends on Wednesdays won recording time, and Artist Management with YMCA Digital went to Skitz Bridges. Congratulations everyone!

Workshop Mentors 2020

Nina Smith

Nina Smith loves Nottingham. Her music and inspiration stem from CRS Studios, where she learnt her craft. Her use of social media is rooted in the city and its people. Most of her songwriting takes place in London, with Producer Yoad Nevo (Sia/Sugababes/Goldfrapp) and his Nevosound studio.

 Her tone is reminiscent of early Janet Jackson, but her music echoes early 90's RnB. Up to date, Nina has successfully had 2 music releases reach the Top 5 iTunes Chart and Top 25 Album Itunes chart. Some of Nina's experience includes featuring on a Radio 1 and 1xtra maida vale live session for rapper Scorzayzee and being named as BBC introducing artist of the week nationally.

currently, Nina Runs a youth Record Label called 'First Light', Tutors and mentors over 70 young artists and writes songs for international artists.

Richard Shaw

Richard Shaw is one of the guitarists and songwriters in UK heavy metal band, Cradle of Filth. Since joining in February 2014 he has done countless tours and has cowritten and recorded two albums, 2015's 'Hammer of the Witches', and 2017's 'Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness of Decay'. He will enter the studio in March to begin recording guitar parts for their next album to be released in late 2020. When not touring or recording with Cradle of Filth, Richard is a guitar teacher with over 13 years experience teaching in primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, as well as privately in person and via Skype.

Richard is also a session guitarist, having performed in close to 100 musical theatre productions, cover bands, tribute bands, and karaoke bands. He gained his degree in Contemporary Popular Music from the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey in 2006.

NNG & Young Creative Awards

Noise from the Next Generation is one of two ways to enter the Young Creative Awards (YCA). If you are:

Age 11-18, and want to enter as a live, performing act - enter via Noise from the Next Generation

Age 11-24, and want to enter a recording of your music - enter direct via the Young Creative Awards website

The Young Creative Awards is also open to entries from other categories including Film, Dance, Fashion, Photography and more. Visit to find out more.

In 2018, one of our winners - Laura Shaw - also won the YCA Music Award! So proud of our young musicians!

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