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2021 Sussex Young Musician Competition – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How will the Sussex Young Musician of the Year Competition entrants be judged?
The most important factor is the video performance.  However, judges will also take into account how they think the entrant would benefit from the prize, and the strength of their connection with Sussex.

On what date do I have to be between 18 and 26 to enter the competition?
30th April 2021.

What does “having a Sussex connection” mean?
A Sussex connection can take different forms, for example:

  • Born in Sussex
  • Living or has lived in Sussex
  • Currently studying or previously studied in Sussex
  • Currently working or previously worked in Sussex

As judges will be taking into account the strength of the connection, it is important that Competition entrants explain their own connection with Sussex.

Can I submit more than one application?
Yes, you can.  If you are playing an instrument, it has to be a different instrument for each application.

Does it matter what pieces of music I play in the video performance?
No.  It is entirely your choice.  However, the video performance must not exceed 10 minutes.

Do I need to submit my scores for the judges?
No.  Selection of the finalists and prize winners will be on the basis of the video performance and the application details.

Do I play just one piece lasting 10 minutes or can I play more than one piece?
You can play more than one piece; we suggest that you choose pieces which show your musicality.

I am not a classical musician – does it matter?
Not at all.  We welcome applicants from all genres of music.

Do I have to be studying at a Conservatoire?
No. You need to be studying or intend to study music as a career, so you could for example be at Sixth Form College, University, Conservatoire or at another Further Education setting.