Awards & competitions

Waltham Forest and Brent crowned first-ever London Boroughs of Culture

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced the winners of the London Borough of Culture competition on 27 February 2018, following a six-month bidding process which saw 22 boroughs submit proposals.

Leeds International Piano Competition launches annual festival

The Leeds International Piano Competition will present the first of what is to be an annual Leeds Piano Festival in May 2018.

Sing Up wins Editor’s Award at 2018 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

National singing organisation, Sing Up, has been named as winner of the Music Teacher Magazine Editor’s Award at the 2018 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, presented on 22 February… Read more

Steinberg announces product and competition updates

Music technology provider, Steinberg, has announced product launch and competition updates for Cubase and Dorico users.

Unsigned Cardiff rock band wins Firestone’s Battle Of The Bands

An unsigned Cardiff rock band has beaten more than 300 grassroots entries to win Firestone’s 2017 Battle of the Bands competition in partnership with Orange Amplification. Formed… Read more

BASCA announces winners of 2017 British Composer Awards

BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) announced the winners of its 15th British Composer Awards at a ceremony at the British Museum on 6 December… Read more

Acclaimed Irish music scholar joins 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards line-up

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced that Pádraigín Ní Uallachaín has been awarded the Comaoin Traditional Music Award at the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards

London Music Fund’s Big Christmas Challenge

The London Music Fund has been selected to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017 supported by their champions, the Childhood Trust. During the Christmas Challenge LMF will be… Read more

Young South Africans to open Birmingham international viola competition

Three teenagers from a deprived township in South Africa are travelling to Birmingham this week to open the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition and Festival. Kwanda Buthelezi… Read more

2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards nominees announced

The nominees for the 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards have been announced. Selected by a panel of jazz industry experts, musicians and members of the All-Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation… Read more

WOMEX 17 announces Artist and Professional Excellence Award-winners

WOMEX 17 has announced two of its upcoming Award-winners: Malian activist and singer, Oumou Sangaré, will receive the World Music Expo’s Artist Award while Czech radio journalist, Petr… Read more

Leading rock guitarist to receive Oh Yeah Legend Award

The Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast has announced that this year’s Oh Yeah Legend Award will go to one of Northern Ireland’s leading rock guitarists, Vivian… Read more

EFDSS awards funding for new music

Following the latest round of funding awards by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), seven projects will create new music rooted in the English folk… Read more

Isle of Wight singing teacher wins Classic FM’s Music Teacher of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award

Singing teacher, Linda Filby-Borrett, from Ryde on the Isle of Wight has been awarded Classic FM’s Music Teacher of the Year 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award… Read more

Hugh Masakela receives honorary Doctor of Music degree from University of Witwatersrand

South African trumpeter, composer and singer, Hugh Masakela, received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesberg, on 4 July 2017. The music… Read more

LCCM launches competition to win free summer course places

London-based college LCCM has announced details of a competition open to young musicians interested in attending one of the college’s summer courses, Music Week and Making Music, which run… Read more

VCM Foundation launches choral composition competition

VCM Foundation, the choral charity behind vocal super-groups VOCES8 and Apollo5, has announced its inaugural composition competition. According to VCM CEO, Paul Smith: ‘With VOCES8 and Apollo5… Read more

James Buckle wins ROSL Gold Medal Prize

The final of the 65th ROSL (Royal Over-Seas League) Annual Music Competition took place at London’s Cadogan Hall on Wednesday 7 June 2017. The centrepiece of ROSL… Read more

RWCMD postgraduate wins £10,000 Deutsche Bank Award

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) postgraduate viola player, Megan Jowett, has won the 25th annual Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise music prize of £10,000… Read more

Submissions open for OPUS2017

Submissions are open for  Britten Sinfonia‘s annual competition for unpublished composers of any age and background who are resident in the UK, OPUS2017. Now entering its fifth… Read more