News: Award-winning Frank Turner to judge Shure Songwriting Award

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is pleased to announce that the judge for the Shure Songwriting Award 2013 will be the award winning folk-punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner. The competition has previously been judged by Amy McDonald, K.T. Tunstall, Paloma Faith and Everything Everything.

This acclaimed award, offered through a partnership between the Institute and Shure Distribution, aims to provide aspiring songwriters with an unrivalled opportunity to develop their talent. The winner will receive a unique opportunity to attend the Institute’s fantastic one-year Cert HE in Songwriting course free of charge – a prize worth over £5,000! They will also receive performance and studio microphones from Shure worth £500; the runner up will get a Shure SM58 microphone and a pair of Shure SRH440 studio headphones. 

Initially the vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead, Frank Turner embarked upon a primarily acoustic-based solo career in 2005 following the band's split. To date, he has released four solo albums and four EPs; his fifth album, Tape Deck Heart, is due for release on 22 April 2013. He has been nominated for a number of awards including Best Solo Artist and Best Band Blog or Twitter in the 2011 and 2012 Shockwave NME Awards. In 2010 he won the Kerrang No Half Measures Award, and in 2011 Best Live Act and Hardest Working Artist in the AIM Awards. 

Of judging the award he commented: ""I'm very happy to be involved in judging the Institute’s Shure Songwriting Award competition this year. Seeing new songwriting talent come through from aspiring young people, and encouraging it, is something that makes me very happy.""

To enter, all you have to do is upload an original song to by the, now extended, deadline of 29th May 2013. You will then have four weeks to try and gain as many public votes as possible. A combination of public votes and an expert panel of judges will select the top eight, with Frank Turner choosing the final prize-winners.

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