young musicians award launched in Jayne's memory
Ritz Acoustic Club has launched a new award scheme this week aimed
at young performers.
Mike Price, a member of the Ritz Acoustic Club whose partner
Jayne Young died of Motor Neurone Disease, is providing a bursary
for the new young musicians award to occur annually for four years.
"Jayne loved music, and this is a fitting tribute to such
a wonderful person. Young musicians under 21 years of age, who
play acoustic instruments or sing, are invited to apply for the
award," said Mike.
Accepted applicants will be required to perform two songs at
three open mic sessions at the Ritz Acoustic Club by May 2016.
Based on their three performances, the applicants will be shortlisted
for a final event where the finalists will compete for the award
which will provide a monetary voucher of £150 for the winner
and £50 for the runner up.
Mike added: "Jayne was concerned that too few young people
came to the Acoustic Club, and in life wanted to do something
about it but illness counted her out."
"Accordingly, and following her very premature death as
a result of Motor Neurone Disease I, and the club, are trying
to encourage young performers to attend through a four year bursary
I am funding in her memory."
not necessarily talent-scouting, we just want to ensure the future
of our great club and at the same time provide a platform for
young players to hone their performance skills. The awards are
an incentive to turn-up and play."
Vouchers for winners can be made payable to a particular musical
instrument supplier, recording studio, music or voice teacher
etc. The winner and runner up will also be able to play an extended
set at the Ritz Acoustic Club.
This is a unique opportunity for young musicians and singers.
Application forms, together with terms and conditions, can be
obtained by email from firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Paul Mitchell, Vice Chairman at the club, added: "Jayne
was passionate about the great community in Burnham and especially
the Ritz Acoustic Club. In life she was a human dynamo who was
a great thinker that made things happen. This is a very poignant
award in her memory and I would like to thank those who have helped
to get set this up, especially Rob Brown, who has been very supportive."
Pictured: Top, the late Jayne Young, and above Paul Mitchell
with Mike Price, a member of the Ritz Acoustic Club