Music awards in name of Ed

A music award founded in memory of a South-east London guitarist who killed himself at 30 has opened for applications.

The 2018 Ed Renshaw Music Award, the third bi-annual award in memory of Greenwich guitarist Ed Renshaw, has been launched by the Albany, in association with Youth Music.

Set-up in memory of Mr Renshaw by his family and friends in 2012, the award is intended to help young musicians in South-east London fulfil their potential through grants and mentoring.

Rachel Nelken, head of creative programmes at the Albany, said: “We relaunch the Albany’s music programme in 2018 at a time when the South-east London music scene is thriving.

“We’re delighted to be working again on the Ed Renshaw Award to support and develop emerging and talented young musicians onto the next stage in their careers.”

Mr Renshaw was born in Greenwich in 1981, attending Thomas Tallis School. At the age of 10 he discovered the guitar and learned to play classical and jazz music. But he also struggled with depression, and killed himself in 2011. The award is open to 16-25-year-old musicians who have an SE postcode.

Award winners receive cash prizes of between £1,000 and £3,000, mentoring and support, and space to practice and perform at the Albany. Winners will also be a part of four ‘Evenings for Ed’, charity gig events at the Albany, taking place from October 31 to November 3 with headline acts to be announced later this year.

The judging panel is made up of representatives from the Albany, Peter Conway Management and Ed’s family and friends.

They are looking for artists who display musical talent and performance skills and can create original music, business plans and have a ‘passion to forge a successful musical career’.

Applications close on Thursday, June 28 and application forms can be found on the Albany website at thealbany.org.uk.

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