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Institute Diploma graduate and current Songwriting Degree student Kaity Rae has been very busy over the summer, but despite playing countless gigs all over the country, she still found the time to enter the Mayor of London’s ‘Gigs: Big Busk competition’, sponsored by the Institute. Busking in some of the busiest spots in London, from Liverpool Street Station to Westfield, and being seen and heard by thousands of people, Kaity has made her mark on the contest, garnering a multitude of support, and has now been announced as one of six winners of the ‘Gigs’ songwriting prize. Chosen out of over 120 musicians, Kaity’s song ‘Fragile’, a track that perfectly displays her “unique blend of country, folk and pop”, has been recognised as one of the six best in the competition.

The overall winner of the 'Gigs: Big Busk' competition was decided at the grand final at Westfield in Stratford, London on Sunday the 6th of September. The Institute’s very own James Brister was there, helping to choose the winner alongside such industry luminaries as Guy Fletcher, Chairman of PRS for Music. Other Institute staff, such as songwriting tutor Jay Stapley, have also been involved in judging the busking talent. The eventual victor was singer Luca Fiore from Hounslow, who won a year's license to busk in coveted spots on London's Underground network. 

We are very proud to be a sponsor of the ‘Gigs: Big Busk’ competition, and as one of the prizes, the winner of the The Mayor's Gigs Award, Cat Burns, will receive a training package to be delivered right here at the Institute in London.