GIT AWARD 2014: New One to Watch prize announced

Organisers behind Liverpool’s very own music prize the GIT Award have announced a brand new ‘One to Watch’ prize for 2014. The prize will be awarded to one under-18 artist or band selected by the GIT Award judging panel, with the winner announced at the special GIT award showcase event at the city’s Kazimier venue on Friday 11 April 2014. Nominations for the main award close on Friday 31st Jan

The recipient of the One To Watch prize will receive studio time at Liverpool’s legendary Parr Street Studios plus mentoring from sponsors Merseyside Arts Foundation as well as support from Liverpool International Music Festival, including a slot on the it’s Liverpool Stage at Sefton Park this summer.

Peter Shilton, from the Merseyside Arts Foundation said: “We are delighted to support the GIT Award’s 2014 One To Watch prize. As part of our current music development programme we are working with twelve of Merseyside’s best young bands and solo artists with the support of Youth Music, the leading UK charity for providing young people with life changing opportunities in music.”

Yaw Owusu, curator of Liverpool International Music Festival, added: “Sourcing new talent is pivotal to the success of our city’s music scene and Getintothis and The GIT Award do this consistently well. Continuing our work the GIT Award, we are excited to support the One To Watch winner within Liverpool International Music Festival.”

The nomination process for this years main prize is drawing to a close with those looking to follow in the footsteps of previous winners Loved Ones and Baltic Fleet having until Friday 31 January to send in their tracks. The twelve artist shortlist will then be drawn up in advance of the final showcase event, which this year takes place for the first time at The Kazimier. The winner will take home £1,000 prize money plus an award designed by the director of Liverpool’s Royal Standard gallery Mike Aitken.

Musicians, bands and creative types who would like to enter for this year’s prize are asked to send four tracks to or alternatively post to Peter Guy, The GIT Award, Liverpool Daily Post & ECHO, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB.

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