from Prof Miles Richardson at Finding Nature

A couple of years ago I had the idea for an arts prize to help foster a closer relationship with nature. I’m pleased to say that, thanks to the support of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Selfridges, Tileyard London, Martyn Ware and musician Sam Lee, the prize has been launched, focussed for now at least on music. The idea is simple:

To tune in and celebrate nature.

By noticing nature, its beauty, the joy and calm it brings, the need to care for nature and the meaning it brings to our lives.

As has been highlighted in the current pandemic, the human relationship with the rest of nature is important for our wellbeing, yet the climate and environment emergencies show that the human relationship with the rest of nature is broken. We need, now more than ever, a new and more connected relationship with nature and music can help remind people that nature matters.

The competition is for musicians and singer/songwriters aged 16-29 and resident in the UK whose work fosters a stronger relationship with nature. We’re searching for a piece of original music that tunes into nature – helping to highlight the need for a new relationship with nature and provide vital support for young artists. 

The winning entry will receive a £1,000 grant (sponsored by Selfridges as part of its Creativity is Not Cancelled campaign) to support their work and also benefit from a free professional remix with Tileyard London, produced by award-winning songwriter and producer Martyn Ware. In addition, selected entries will be broadcast through all of Selfridges’ stores on a celebratory weekend in the autumn.

Further details and how to enter before 31 July 2020 can be found at www.ysp.org.uk/tune-into-nature-music-prize

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