Shasimone - #GETHEARD 1st place

Girls I Rate announces winners of #GETHEARD Future Hitmakers competition

Girls I Rate (GIR) has revealed ShaSimoneNi’Sha, and Ariez Baby as the three winners of its  2021 #GETHEARD Future Hitmaker Competition.

GIR is a non-profit organisation that pushes for gender equality, female representation and recognition by running educational workshops and creating internships, jobs and work experience opportunities for girls and young women in music and the creative industries.

Run in partnership with PRS for Music and PRS Foundation, GIR’s #GETHEARD Future Hitmaker Competition was launched earlier this year and gives aspiring women songwriters the opportunity to receive funding and their first UK airplay on GIR’s weekly radio show on The Beat London 103.6FM.

Selected from more than 1,000 applicants, the winners impressed the judging panel with their talent, songwriting capabilities and creative output.

Ni'Sha - #GETHEARD 2nd place
Ni’Sha, who won 2nd placeni the #GETHEARD competition

The panel included MOBO Award-winning British rapper, singer, composer and entrepreneur, Tinie, Since ’93 Co-president Riki Bleau, YouTube Artist Relations Manager Sheniece Charway, Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter and President of the PRS Members’ Council Michelle Escoffery, BMG UK A&R Director Felix Howard, Spotify UK/IE Artist and Label Partnership Lead Safiya Lambie-Knight, and Downtown Music A&R Manager Davina Merchant.

“I had such a hard time selecting my top 10 the level of talent was through the roof my team went through over 1000 demos,” said GIR Founder and GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Carla-Marie Williams. “We’re just happy at Girls I Rate we can give provide the #GETHEARD future hit maker platform.”

Ariez Baby - #GETHEARD 3rd place
Ariez Baby, who won 3rd place in the #GETHEARD competition

ShaSimone, Ni’Sha, and Ariez Baby will receive Future Hitmaker Awards of £3,000, £2,000 and £1,000

Created in collaboration with Carla-Marie Williams, the Future Hitmaker Award is powered by PRS Foundation’s Hitmaker Fund and supported by Spotify.

“I am honoured to have been part of the A&R panel that handpicked three talented music creators to receive crucial support towards further developing their songwriting and producing careers,” said Michelle Escoffery, President of the PRS Members’ Council. “The high standard of everyone involved in #GETHEARD is truly inspiring and I am excited to see and hear what comes next. Congratulations from all of us at PRS for Music.”

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