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Have you always dreamed of being on the stage?
Perhaps you were the teacher and never in the spotlight?
Do you feel you’ve missed your calling?

By shining a light on a 50+ years only stage, we are focusing on promoting acoustic music makers, pairing you with one in a lifetime prizes, world-renowned celebrity judges and unlocking industry opportunities that may have felt a past lifetime away. 

 

Welcome to our age-positive songwriting competition. The competition is both to highlight a certain amount of age discrimination that's present in the media, and to encourage people to begin their careers in the music industry without feeling that age is a barrier.

 

OUR STORY

We all know that the media discriminates against more mature generations. Talent is Timeless is on a mission to transform songwriting and music-making into an age-positive endeavour, setting you up to celebrate your age, wisdom, experience and most of all, talent. 

 

By supporting you, we support change and create a chance to change perspective while raising awareness for the cause, and essentially, trailblazing for the arts at a particularly challenging time. We welcome all ex ballerinas to give Talent is Timeless a try.

Hear founder Saskia Griffiths-Moore speak about the competition on BBC Radio:

 
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SASKIA SAYS

“The idea was born from years of touring and getting to know my fans. Many of them are highly talented musicians and passionate people who started playing music ‘late’ or didn’t take steps at the ‘right’ time. Many had a family, responsibilities, and the general feeling that they had ‘missed the boat’. Well, I started this competition to prove all of those things wrong.

 

The lockdown only strengthened the feeling of wanting to reach out and to stay connected to our community of creative, talented, musical people and I realised that the time to do that is now. With this competition I am sending a strong message to the world that we are all together in this, and that there is no such thing as too late.”

 

DO YOU HAVE AN ORIGINAL SONG IDEA READY TO BE SHARED WITH THE WORLD?

It’s time to dust off your notebook, or tune that guitar, or sit at your piano and ignite that musical fire inside. The Talent is Timeless competition is here to give YOU the platform you may have missed out on, and to open the doors to your songwriting possibilities. 

 

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WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

If you’re 50+ years of age, have written an original song in an acoustic genre style and can record a video or audio file of your song, you’re who we’re looking for to shake up the music industry and change the tide. 

 

With some incredible prizes and even more impressive judges, your time is now. 

 

PRIZES

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FIRST PRIZE

1.

An exclusive, once in a lifetime recording and production session for your entry at Abbey Road Studios, with a full band, nominated singer (if you prefer not to sing yourself)

2.

Record deal with top agency Be-Known Music - with distribution via The Orchard, backed by Sony

3.

Professional music video and photographs

4.

Airplay on national and regional stations, and on our radio partners

5.

Virtual performances for prestigious acoustic music festivals Costa Del Folk, English Folk Expo and more

6.

Industry development opportunities including playlisting, submission for publishing and licensing deals

7.

Music magazine features

8.

One-day winners songwriting course with our Grammy nominated and double Ivor Novello Award winning judge

9.

A pair of APS Klasik 2020 speakers, a JWC luthier made guitar

10.

Music industry consultancy sessions with JM Consulting & Hentons

TOP 3 RUNNERS UP

Songwriter/Artist Development & Mentoring

20 RUNNERS UP

Exclusive one day immersive songwriting course

 

JUDGES

 

HOW TO JOIN US

THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED, BUT YOU CAN STILL JOIN OUR MOVEMENT!

This is a community built to support and nurture songwriters who are 50+ living in the UK.

Join us here to get an invite to our private Facebook group and get access to a community of over a thousand likeminded individuals, monthly songwriting challenges, interviews with notable singer-songwriters and much more.

Best of all, it's entirely free!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept 26th
Free Online Songwriting Workshop

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TALENT IS TIMELESS - UK TOUR

A 14 date tour of the UK with songwriting workshops in the afternoon, followed by evening concerts

Evening concerts are headlined by founder Saskia Griffiths-Moore touring her new album 'Where Are We Heading' and each night will be opened up by Talent Is Timeless members who attend the workshop.

 

 

The most up to date for dates, times see our facebook events page. For direct Ticket sales see buttons below.

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THE RULES

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COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Entrants must be 50+ years of age

  • You have written an original song in the style of acoustic music

  • You must be a UK resident

  • A video or audio file of your song - phone recordings are fine

  • Enter from Feb 1st 2021 

  • Closing date 28th February 2021

  • Semi finalists announced March 15th

  • Winner announced March 28th

  • Co-writes are welcome, so long as all parties are over 50 by Feb 28th

  • This is a free competition, and no submission fee or voting will be required, donations towards the costs and the charities however, will be welcome, but optional

 UK 2021 TALENT IS TIMELESS COMPETITION WINNER

  • Fergus McNeill 'Bloodrush' 

​        https://soundcloud.com/user-57337486/bloodrush

  • 2nd place: Tony Szymanski

  • 3rd place: Ben Heneghan 

 

Full Short list: 

https://www.saskiagm.com/tist2021shortlist.html

 

SPONSORS, PARTNERS & COLLABORATORS

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CAFFE NERO

Partner

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APS SPEAKERS

Partner

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SOHO RADIO

Partner

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COSTA DEL FOLK

Partner

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JM MUSIC SERVICES

Partner

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SNAP STUDIOS

Partner

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JWC GUITARS

Sponsor

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TALENTBANQ

Partner

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STUDIO 7 MUSIC REPAIRS

Sponsor

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BE-KNOWN AGENCY

Partner

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AUDIO PLANET

Partner

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BIG GINGER TOM MUSIC

Partner

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ADVANTAGES OF AGE

Partner

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ENGLISH FOLK EXPO

Partner

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HAM AGENCY

Creative Partner

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FATEA RECORDS

Partner

 

CHARITIES WE SUPPORT

We’re big fans of these charities and hope that you donate towards all the good they do for causes like ours.

Any and all funds raised over costs will be equally donated to the below chosen charities

PRS FOUNDATION

HELP MUSICIANS UK

THE WORD FOREST ORGANISATION

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Saskia Griffiths-Moore - Abbey Road Sess

MORE ABOUT SASKIA, THE FOUNDER

Saskia Griffiths-Moore is a London based singer-songwriter and oftentimes found performing at folk clubs, theatres and festivals worldwide.

 

A passionate purveyor for charity work and determined to keep our folk and acoustic traditions alive, Saskia is proudly endorsed by Agnew Instruments and JWC Guitars, and has recently completed her second recording at Abbey Road Studios. 

 

Her music has been featured on Sky TV, London Live, BBC Radio Scotland, Wales and more.  The recipient of multiple grants and awards from Arts Council England, and a transatlantic album deal, Saskia has also received glowing four and five star reviews from Maverick, RnR, The Scotsman, The Daily Star and more. She will be judging rounds one and two of the TisT competition. 

 

Find out about her charitable tour during the pandemic, or when she took 40 fans of all ages into Abbey Road’s studio 2, or visit her website: www.saskiagm.com

 

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FINE PRINT

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Important Dates:

- Deadline for entry: Feb 28th

- Long list selection announced: March 19th

- Semi finalists announced: March 25th

- Winner announced: March 28th

Disclaimer:

  • One song submission is permitted per person

  • We do not claim to own any of the original music submitted

  • All proceeds from opportunity provided will go directly to the artist

  • ​Amateur songwriters over 50+yrs are encouraged to apply

  • Applicants must be UK residents

  • Songs will be judged on the audio alone

  • If the winning songwriter prefers not to perform the vocals of their song, they can request the host artist to sing it or bring a singer of their choice

  • We are committed to encouraging a diverse range of applicants

  • All enquiries contact: hello@talentistimeless.com