Aspiring young songwriters in Hertfordshire can find a new platform and audience for their music online.
Songwriter, the brand new website, offers musicians the chance to connect with other young songwriters in their area, discover new music, get feedback on their songs from professional musicians and have a chance to win some great prizes.
David Williams, Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “The new website offers young songwriters a wonderful opportunity to showcase their work, hone their craft and learn from other musicians.”
Young people can upload their songs to an online chart and are encouraged to share their music with family and friends to see if they can get to the number one spot.
Songwriter also features videos showcasing local young songwriters and top tips from artists such as Boo Hewerdine, a singer-songwriter known for his work with Eddi Reader and the song Patience of Angels.
There are some great prizes on offer including the chance to win a performance spot at the Hertfordshire Schools’ Gala at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2018.
To support the website, Hertfordshire Music Service (part of Hertfordshire County Council) has launched a year-round programme of workshops taking place in school holidays, giving young people the chance to write and record a song with the help of professional musicians.
The first workshops are running during October half-term in St Albans (24th October), Hatfield (26th October) and Watford (27th October) and are open to young people aged 8-18 who live, or go to school in, Hertfordshire.
They cost £10 to attend with some bursaries available and are suitable for complete beginners or those who are already writing their own songs. For full details of the workshops and to book a place go to www.songwriteronline.co.uk
(Source: Hertfordshire County Council)