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Tileyard Education to support ‘Tune Into Nature’ competition

Yorkshire Sculpture Park's new competition is for young musicians and singer/songwriters whose work fosters a strong relationship with nature

As a monument to World Earth Day, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) has launched ‘Tune Into Nature’, a competition for musicians and singer/songwriters aged 16-29 whose work fosters a strong relationship with nature through contemporary popular music.

Tileyard Education and Tileyard London will be part of the search for a piece of original music that tunes into nature. YSP has also partnered with the Nature Connectedness Research Group at the University of Derby and Selfridges. According to research by the University, the connection between young people and nature decreases during teenage years, which can take more than 10 years to recover. Contemporary music also uses fewer nature references than earlier music dating to the 1950s. The new competition aims to ‘highlight the need for a new relationship with nature and provide vital support for young creative practitioners.’

The winner will be awarded a £1,000 grant sponsored by Selfridges UK, with Tileyard Education and Tileyard London providing a free professional remix with Tileyard London produced by Tileyard Education’s Principal and award-winning songwriter and producer Martyn Ware. In addition to this, some of the selected entries will be broadcast through all of Selfridges’ stores on a celebratory weekend in the autumn.

The entry deadline is 31 July 2020. Entrants should complete the application form and send to TuneIntoNature@ysp.org.uk.