Noise from the Next Generation

Every year, Nottingham Music Service organises Noise from the Next Generation, a music competition for young people in Nottingham city, in collaboration with Young Creative Awards.

If you're looking for a chance to participate in a music competition and play in front of an audience, Noise from the Next Generation (NNG) is perfect for you! By taking part in NNG, you also get automatic entry into Young Creative Awards (YCA), which is one of the most exciting creative competitions in Nottingham. Read below to find out more about NNG & YCA.

Noise from the Next Generation 2018

The competition is only open to bands/artists/acts that have a majority of members who live, study and/or work in Nottingham. So you may live outside the city but as long as you attend a school, college or university within the city or work within the city you may still enter. 

Prizes include: Nusic Future Session, Recording time at Confetti, Recording time at YMCA Digital, Automatic entry into Future Sound of Nottingham Semi Finals, Artist Management at YMCA Digital & Entry into the Young Creative Awards!

There are 2 categories for different age groups: 13-15 and 16-18.

Age 13-15 Category

Requirements:

  • The majority of the band members must be 13 - 15 years old on the day of the final (March 5, 2018). If the majority of the band is within the 13-15 age range, we can accommodate members aged 11-16.
  • Each artist/band will be asked to perform three songs. One must be an original; the others can be covers or originals.
  • All music must be live (no backing tracks).
  • Each artist/band will have 15 minutes performance time in the final.

Age 16-18 Category

Requirements:

  • The majority of band members must be between 16 - 18 years old on the day of the final (March 11, 2018). If the majority of the band is within the 16-18 age range, we can accommodate members who are 15-19.
  • Each artist/band will be asked to perform three songs. Two must be originals; the third song can be a cover or an original. This has been requested to fulfill the eligibility criteria to enter the Future Sound of Nottingham competition and the Young Creative Awards.
  • All music must be live (no backing tracks).
  • Each artist/band will have 15 minutes performance time in the final.

Deadline for entry is Monday, February 12, 2018 - so get your band members together and start practicing! 

You can enter the competition by filling out an application form: download below or fill out online here!

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NNG Entry Form 2018

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Entrants will compete in a first round of Heats on February 27, 2018 at Nottingham College (NCN Clarendon). Finalists for both age categories will then participate in a workshop, scheduled at Nottingham Academy (Greenwood site) on March 3, 2018. The workshop is a great opportunity to get some professional tips for the final performance!

The final for the 13-15 Age Category will take place on March 5, 2018 at the Maze, and the final for the 16-18 Age Category will be held at Rock City on March 11, 2018.

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

Key Dates to Remember

Deadline to Enter: February 12, 2018

Heats: February 27, 2018 @ Nottingham College (NCN Clarendon), 5 PM

NNG Workshop: March 3, 2018 @ Nottingham Academy (Greenwood site)
13 - 15 Age Category workshop from 9:30 AM - 11 AM
16 - 18 Age Category workshop from 11:10 AM - 12:40 PM

13 - 15 Category Final: March 5, 2018 @ The Maze, 6 PM

16 - 18 Category Final: March 11, 2018 @ Rock City, 6 PM


For more information, email claire.dyer@nottinghammusichub.org.uk

Young people perform at the Noise from the Next Generation final at Rock City
Short Weekends performing at the NNG final at Rock City

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 13-18, and want to enter as a live, performing act - enter via Noise from the Next Generation

Age 13-24, 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 http://www.youngcreativeawards.org/ to find out more.


NNG & Nusic

Every year, one of the NNG awards is automatic entry into the Future Sound of Nottingham semi-finals. Future sound of Nottingham (FSN) is an annual music competition organised by Nusic. The winners of the competition get a chance to play at Splendour music festival, for an audience of around 20,000 people! Read more about the competition on the Nusic website .


Noise from the Next Generation 2017

Winners for the Junior Category (Ages 13-15)

  • Blank Youth: Rehearsal Time at YMCA Digital
  • Matthew: Recording time at YMCA Digital
  • Zara: Artist Management & Recording at YMCA Digital

Winners for the Senior Category (16-18)

  • Short Weekends: A Nusic Future Session
  • Blitz: Recording time at Confetti
  • Kelsey: Automatic entry into Future Sound of Nottingham Semi Finals
  • Call After Midnight: Interview with Left Lion (Audience Award)
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