'Next BRIT Thing'

Heart is joining stars like Gary Barlow and Jessie J in supporting a new nationwide music competition.

The 'Next BRIT Thing' is open to 11-19 year olds and is a chance for young musicians to share their performances, compete in online charts and perform live.

Take That star Gary Barlow said, "The Next BRIT Thing will give young musicians a chance to get themselves heard, to be creative and show off their talents to the whole country. I'm really looking forward to hearing some great songs. Good luck"

Why enter?
There's a whole host of prizes and money-can’t-buy opportunities to be won, including the chance to perform in front of thousands plus exclusive support and guidance from famous musicians and songwriters.

Young people entering 'Next BRIT Thing' will also have access to high-quality tutorials and resources to help them improve their skills, develop confidence and explore careers in music or other creative industries.

How to Enter:

'Next BRIT Thing' website - open for registration

You can also join in via www.facebook.com/nextbritthing and on Twitter - @nextbritthing.

Then from September 2011, you can submit video and audio of your performances for the Official Next BRIT Thing weekly chart. The most popular entries each week will progress to regional finals in November 2011, culminating in a national final early in 2012.

The lucky winners – to be chosen by a team of influential artists and senior music industry executives – will be crowned Next BRIT Thing and receive a unique award in the run-up to the 2012 BRIT Awards.

Next BRIT Thing

Star support:
"Music is the only global language and an opportunity for young people to put their views and emotions into lyrics and melodies is a great thing." Jessie J

"I would have loved there to have been a nationwide music competition like this when I was at school." Gary Barlow

"Be the Next BRIT thing! This is your time to get your music out there, go for it!" Siva, The Wanted