THE shortlist for a new music award dubbed the ‘Scouse Mercury Prize’ has been announced.
Nominees for the 2013 GIT (Getintothis) Award include familiar faces from the region’s music scene as well as some of the best new talent to emerge this year.
As well as the main prize, an ‘Inspiration Award’ will be presented to an individual or group who have made a significant contribution to Liverpool’s music industry.
Artists in the running this year include veteran art rockers Clinic, DJ and producer John Heckle and teen R’n’B sensation Tyler Mensah, 15.
Entries will be judged by a 12-strong panel of judges including Tom Ravenscroft, son of legendary DJ John Peel, and Liverpool-born Q Magazine editor Andrew Harrison.
Mr Harrison said: “This is a genuinely impressive and varied shortlist which proves that Merseyside continues to generate fantastic musical talent like nowhere else on earth.
“The standard of entries was high across the board and in common, I suspect, with a lot of the judges, I found the decision-making process very hard.
“Best of all, the artists we heard managed to draw on Liverpool’s musical heritage without living in the past – proving that even with its world-beating history, Liverpool music continues to forge ahead.”
The winners will be announced at an invitation-only ceremony on April 19.
Former Liverpool Art Prize nominee Jayne Lawless is to create two specially-designed awards for winners.
Matt Wilkinson, NME new music editor and GIT Award judge, said: “Once again the GIT Award showcases Liverpool’s thriving music scene and whoever wins the overall prize, new Liverpool music is clearly worth shouting about.”