Calling Young Musicians: Win A Chance To Busk In Paris

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 40 months ago
Calling Young Musicians: Win A Chance To Busk In Paris

Last year's winner Natalie Shay performs in front of the Pompidou Centre in Paris

Musicians aged 11-25 have less than two weeks to enter this year's Gigs busking competition, organised by the Mayor of London's office.

Prizes up for grabs include a chance to busk at some of London's busiest busking pitches, a highly sought after licence to busk on London Underground, recording time, coaching from chart-topping songwriters, equipment and the chance to busk in Paris.

We met 16 year old singer-songwriter Natalie Shay, last year's youth winner, who got the chance to perform in Paris, as well as entertaining passengers on the Eurostar en-route to the French capital.

Boris Johnson has got behind the competition, saying "Gigs is a fantastic opportunity to get exposure, build your confidence and expertise playing live and win prizes designed to hone your craft."

Gigs live performances will take place from 18 July – 8 August and performances will be filmed, giving the public a chance to vote online until 30 August.  The Gigs Grand Final will take place with six performers from each category at Westfield Stratford City on 6 September.

So if you're a musician aged 11-25 and fancy your chances, enter here. The three categories are: Youth, for performers aged 11-15; Soloists and Duos aged 16-25; Groups, for 2 -8 members, aged 11-25. Entries close at midnight on 31 May.

See also: What’s it like busking on South Bank?

Last Updated 20 May 2015