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It’s officially here! The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is launching the Shure Songwriting Award for 2015, in partnership with BASCA.

This acclaimed award, which celebrates the art of the singer/songwriter, has been judged by a stellar line up of artists including Frank Turner, Amy McDonald, K.T. Tunstall and Paloma Faith in previous years. This year the Institute and Shure are proud to announce that the award is being judged by Institute alumni ‘Daughter’. Elena, Remi and Igor of ‘Daughter’ signed a deal with 4AD records in 2012 with their debut album 'If You Leave' being released in March 2013 and reaching #16 in the UK album charts. ‘Daughter’ have performed at major festivals, toured the world and won the Album of the Year award at the AIM (Association of Independent Music) awards 2013.

The Shure Songwriting Award is integral to the Institute’s scholarship provision, ensuring that as wide a range of students as possible are able to access its courses, support and guidance. Accordingly the award aims to provide talented songwriters with the opportunity to further develop their skills through a specialist course of study. The winner of this award will receive a unique opportunity to attend the Institute’s fantastic one-year Certificate of Higher Education Songwriting programme, worth over £6,000, for free. Designed for both songwriters and singer/songwriters, the programme helps students to develop their lyric writing, song form, structure and harmony and theory. 

While studying at the Institute, the winner of this prestigious award will also be able to take part in regular live showcase events, develop their talent in a creative and supportive environment and have direct access to leading industry professionals. The winner will also receive an exceptional performance and studio microphone from Shure, worth over £500. The runner-up will get a Shure SM58 microphone and a pair of Shure SRH440 studio headphones, as well as discounted course fees at the Institute. 

To enter, applicants are required to upload an original song to They will then have four weeks to try and gain as many public votes as possible. The winner will then be chosen by ‘Daughter’.