Mercury Prize and Brit Award nominee Anna Calvi has selected the winner of the 2012 Shure Songwriting Award.
Ten finalists were chosen through a combination of public voting and a panel of experts from the Institute’s songwriting faculty. All the finalists and their videos were then presented to Calvi, who declared Maired Furlong as the winner.
The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance's scholarship competition for aspiring singer-songwriters saw a record number of applicants compete for a place on its prestigious BA in Songwriting degree course, worth £5,750. Furlong bagged the full time position, with two runners up getting part time scholarships.
Now in its fourth year, the competition has issued a number of now successful musicians with places on the course, including Elena Tonra and Igor Haefeli – aka Daughter, who are now signed to 4AD Records.