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Pirate Studios launches Pirate Prodigy 2019 to find and nurture new British talent

On the hunt for the UK’s up-and-coming talent across three categories: band, DJ and MC/vocalist
Judges include Edith Bowman (TV presenter & former Radio 1 DJ), Mr Scruff (DJ, producer & illustrator), Jamz Supernova (Radio 1 & 1Xtra DJ), Toddla T (Radio 1 DJ & producer), Isabella Summers (Florence & The Machine) and Jammer (BBK & Lord of the Mics)
Three winners will receive mentoring from industry figureheads, consultations with YouTube Music and play on-stage across all festivals Pirate hosts stages at (Isle of Wight, Boomtown, Y-Not, Truck, Sound City, Kendal Calling), amongst many other prizes

Pirate Studios – the music tech company offering self-service 24-hour music studios – has today announced the launch of Pirate Prodigy 2019; a competition to find the UK’s next up-and-coming talent.

Pirate Prodigy 2019 aims to find UK talent across three categories: Band, DJ and MC/vocalist, with help from some of the most influential people in the industry, including Edith Bowman, Mr Scruff, and Radio 1’s Toddla T.

An expert panel of industry mentors and judges will support, develop and promote the careers of the three winners. Across the programme, artists will receive one-to-one mentoring and masterclasses that cover every aspect needed to help launch a career from management to publishing, A&R to radio-play, song-writing to PR. The lot.

Pirate Studios will supplement this with unlimited free use of their “impressive and innovative rehearsal facilities” (Clash Magazine), personalised artist merchandise and consultations with premiere music service YouTube Music, as well as promotion across Pirate Studios’ extensive and growing social media channels. The winners will also secure festival slots on all stages Pirate Studio hosts in 2019.

In short, these artists will be given everything they need to take their career to the next level.

To enter, all you need to do is head to and have the one track that best represents your band ready to submit. Be aware these will be transferred to Soundcloud for the public vote. Doors open 3pm 03/04/19.

To apply for tickets at the exclusive, winners’ gigs, contact
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Prizes include:
Unlimited studio time for a year at any of Pirate Studios 350+ studios across the globe
Festival stage gigs at all Pirate festivals
YouTube Music consultations
YouTube Music collective workshop and hangout session
Pirate Live session live streamed
Mentoring and masterclasses with industry figureheads, tailored to each winner's tastes and needs
Full social media and press support from Pirate Studios
Playlisting support
Support getting onto large, influential channels
Personalised artist merchandise 
Full EP recording with our in-house engineer
An exclusive Flying Vinyl release
One-to-one mentoring with leading global independent distribution, label service and management company Ditto Music
One-to-one masterclass with Paul Benney, founder of Dummy Mag
Feature on Hyponik’s renowned Hyp. mix series
“Get to know” interview piece with Hyponik

Edith Bowman (TV presenter & former Radio 1 DJ)
Mr Scruff (DJ, producer and illustrator)
Jamz Supernova (Radio 1 & 1Xtra DJ)
Toddla T (Radio 1 DJ & producer)
Isabella Summers (Florence & The Machine)
Jammer (BBK & Lord of the Mics host)
Tom Windish (leading talent agent, founder of Windish Agency & CEO of talent agency Paradigm)
Craig Evans (managing director, Flying Vinyl)
Oneman (Rinse FM DJ)
Tom Paine (director of festivals & events, Team Love)
Naina (Beats 1 & Reprezent Radio DJ)
Luke Hood (UKF founder & AEI Group director)
Plastician (DJ)
Despa Robinson (StayFresh Entertainment & BE83 Artists founder)

Wednesday 3rd April, 3pm: Doors open for submissions at
Wednesday 17th April, 3pm: Deadline for submission
Monday 13th – Thursday 17th May: The top six artists will be put to a combination of judges’ and public voting at
3pm 21st May: Three winners are announced

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