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Lecturer joins famous names from music industry to judge national awards

A University of Gloucestershire lecturer has been announced as a national competition judge alongside some of the most famous names in the UK music industry.

Andrew Lansley, Senior Lecturer in Music Business, will assess the contenders for the 2023 Youth Music Awards, in association with Hal Leonard Europe, alongside the likes of Fleur East (singer-songwriter and Hits Radio presenter), BICEP (DJ duo and YMA ambassadors), Amelia Dimoldenberg (Chicken Shop Date star and youth services advocate) and Glastonbury Festival regulars Hot Chip.

Now in their fourth year, the Youth Music Awards recognise and celebrate trailblazers from across the music industry, from artists and entrepreneurs to grassroots projects and young leaders.

Andrew (main image), also double bassist with popular local band Thrill Collins, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been invited to be part of the judging panel for this year’s 2023 Youth Music Awards with people who certainly are a lot cooler and more famous than me.

“As a trustee of Youth Music, I’ve seen first-hand the excellent work their team does in championing opportunities in the music industry for young people from a diverse range of backgrounds and make a positive difference to their lives.

“At the University, we’ve been proud to work with them on projects such as the ‘Give a Gig Week’ campaign where well-known musicians and local artists perform at venues across the UK to raise funds to support grassroots music projects.

“We’ve been delighted to invite members of their team as guest speakers to support the teaching and learning of students on our music degree programmes and offer valuable advice and guidance about career opportunities within the music industry.”

The winners of the 2023 Youth Music Awards will be announced at live music venue Troxy, London on Wednesday 18 October.