18 November 2010

The success of a countywide songwriting competition last year has inspired Northamptonshire County Council to launch the search for a new anti-bullying song for 2011.

From traditional ballads and pop to hip hop and rap, ten final acts will compete in an X-Factor style contest, with the winning song becoming the theme of Northamptonshire’s Anti-bullying campaign.

The winning song will be recorded in a professional studio, and together with accompanying teaching materials will be distributed to all schools, clubs and organisations for children and young people across Northamptonshire.

Councillor Andrew Grant, Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Concerns about bullying is a recurring theme when we talk to children and young people about the issues that affect them.

“We therefore want to invite as many young people as possible to speak out against bullying and showcase their song writing and musical talents. Last years project was a huge success and the young people, parents and teachers really enjoyed working together to help change attitudes and put a stop to bullying.”

The final 10 acts will be chosen by the organisers and perform at a concert at Wicksteed Park, 2nd March 2011. The competition closes on Friday 26th November.

Competition entries can by burned onto a CD or cassette and posted to Britannia House, Rushmills, Bedford road, Northampton, NN4 7YB. Entries can also be recorded using a mobile phone and emailed to jlwood@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

Online application forms can be accessed on the county council's website.