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The Big Music Project competition

2 February 2015

The Big Music Project is an initiative funded by the Big Lottery Fund, harnessing the power of music to engage 14-24 year olds and help them take their first steps towards a career in the music industry. Tens of thousands of young people have been involved over the past year and The Big Music Project Competition is just one part of it.

The competition final is taking place at The Big Music Project Celebration Event at the Indigo at the O2 on Thursday 19th February. We chatted with Gemma Bradley, one of the finalists, who is in with a chance of winning the opportunity to record at the infamous Abbey Road Studios, along with some other amazing prizes.

Gemma-Bradley-2Gemma, 18 from Draperstown in Northern Ireland, started learning to play the guitar at primary school and says she first realised she wanted to be a musician when she was just nine years old. She soon combined that with her passion for singing and along with support from local organisations she has become the talented artist she is today.

“I have had great backing from Glasgowbury at the Cornstore Creative Hub in my hometown of Draperstown, as well as other brilliant opportunities with the Nerve Centre and Youth Action”, explained Gemma. “I have played at local festivals and entered various competitions, but this is the biggest opportunity I have had so far.”

Speaking about her challenges, she said: “I’d say my biggest challenge in pursuing my music is the lack of performing opportunities in my local area, which is very rural.  I’ve had to really push the boundaries and travel to the cities, and these performances have really built my confidence.”

The Big Music Project is delighted to give Gemma the opportunity to perform at an iconic London venue alongside 12 other talented young performers, in front of a panel of music industry judges. You can find out more about all of the finalists and the competition here.

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