THE “Scouse Mercury Prize” launches for its second year next week with the help of past nominee and MOBO award-winner Esco Williams.
The judging panel for the 2013 GIT Award will include representatives from the NME, The Quietus and Liverpool Football Club, who will be looking for the best new music from Merseyside.
The 2012 prize, which attracted 380 entries, became the first regional award to showcase new and emerging music.
It was won by Wirral band Loved Ones, who triumphed from the 12 shortlisted artists who each performed at a showcase at Leaf on Bold Street in April.
Liverpool Post music blogger Peter Guy, who created the GIT, says: “I want the prize to appeal to everyone from bedroom musicians to those with record deals.
“All we’re asking is for Merseyside musicians to send us their four tracks. Let’s hope this year’s GIT Award finds a few more hidden gems.”
The 2013 award will be officially launched on November 16 at Leaf’s Grey Space, on Water Street.
It will coincide with the launch of Esco Williams’s debut single The New Challenger.
Guy, who edits the music blog Getintothis, adds: “He’s a fine example of what the GIT Award aims to do – champion new Liverpool music.
“Esco went from promising performer to capturing the national media's attention and now he’s won a MOBO Award.
“His story is mirrored by many of last year’s nominees. The winner will be announced in April.
TO ENTER, send four tracks to email@example.com or post them to Peter Guy, The GIT Award, Liverpool Post, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB.