Platform One offers Island talent songwriting chance

Platform One College of Music, based in Newport, has launched a new Songwriting Showcase opportunity for Island residents aged between 14 and 24 years old, and is not just for students enrolled at Platform One.

The highly-acclaimed College say there is no limit regarding musical genre. It can be a solo project, a collaboration, a band, or instrumental. The only limitation is that the College wants to hear original music and no covers.

All you have to do is email for a registration form from and Platform One will email back a form to complete. Submissions will be as MP3s or a relevant weblink, and the closing date is May 31.

David Pontin, director of Platform One, said: “These are certainly unprecedented times and we are committed to continuing our support to young musicians and creatives across the Island. This is not a competition but an opportunity to showcase musical works to a professional industry panel.”

The industry panel will go through all submissions and will select three projects that will gain access to free professional recording sessions, with producer, session musicians if needed, mix engineer and mastering. Feel free to pass this on to any musical creatives.

The Platform One College of Music has built an unrivalled reputation for excellence since opening in 1999. Results have never dropped below national benchmarks and are consistently above expectations set by the Government across the country.

One of its supporters is John Giddings, the organiser of the Isle of Wight Festival. Posting on their website, John says: “Platform One do an amazing job in nurturing talent and helping their students learn about the music business. We are proud to help them in any way possible.”