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Shure Songwriting Award open for entries

Are you a budding singer or songwriter looking to make a career in the music industry a reality?
If so, the good news is that the 2011 Shure Songwriting Award is now accepting entries, with artists being given the opportunity to win a one-year diploma at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.
The organisers of the award are looking for songwriters looking to make the most out of their unique talents. First prize will be a free one-year Professional Diploma in Songwriting at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, worth over £5,000.
Two runners-up will be rewarded with loads of gear from Shure.
Entrants simply need to upload an original song to the award website before April 8th 2011. A panel of judges, combined with a public vote will result in a final eight being chosen.
Popular band Everything Everything will be judging this year’s event, a role previously held by artists such as Amy McDonald, KT Tunstall and Paloma Faith.
“We’re thrilled to be judging the Shure Songwriting Award and work with the Institute this year. Competitions such as this are vital for discovering and encouraging new musical talent and we can’t wait to hear the entries,” a statement from the band read.
Largely regarded as one of Europe’s finest schools of modern music, The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance was originally established more than 25 years ago and has built up an enviable reputation thanks to its world-class teaching and state-of-the-art facilities.
As a student with The Institute, the winning songwriter will be given plenty of opportunities and exposure to develop their musical talents. There will be ample chances for them to get involved with live showcase events, as well as taking advantage of professional teaching and guidance from several leading industry experts.

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