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Youth Music Awards

A huge congratulations to Maisie Murray and CHAINES – two musicians we are proud to have supported – on their nominations for this year’s Youth Music Awards.

Singer-songwriter Maisie has been nominated for Breakthrough Award in recognition of her inspiring personal progress, while composer and multi-instrumentalist CHAINES is one of just three artists nationally to be nominated in the Outstanding Act category.

Both Maisie and CHAINES will be travelling to London on Wed 16 Oct for the ceremony, where an incredible line-up of music industry figures will be judging the music categories. This includes big name artists like Anna Calvi and Rag’n’Bone Man, along with DJs, presenters, producers and people involved in all aspects of the music industry, from PR to festivals to film-making.

Part of their 20th anniversary year, this is the first time Youth Music are holding the awards which will celebrate the achievements of young people making music in all genres, all over the country. 

From everybody at Brighter Sound – good luck to both artists – we have our fingers crossed for you! In the meantime, you can find out more about their incredible achievements below…

Maisie Murray – Breakthrough Award

Our Project Manager Lucy Wallace says:

“Maisie is a talented self-taught singer-songwriter and guitarist. She has mental health problems and is being supported by a specialist team at her hospital. Maisie has shown true strength of character and resilience in accepting help and support and moving onto a path of recovery, using music as both an outlet to express and process her feelings, as well as a welcome relief and respite.

She began coming to Sing City as a shy and anxious young person who hadn’t been able to play any music for three years. Through gentle encouragement and appropriate guidance within a supportive environment, she’s blossomed into a willing collaborator, a gifted lyricist and an all-round creative and inspiring musician with growing confidence and increased self-assurance.

She has had huge wins – stepping out of her comfort zone in participating in a residency with 14 older musicians, singing without the cushioning of her guitar to an audience of nearly 1,000, deciding to work towards a Gold Arts Award, producing a sold-out live performance themed around climate change, and most recently, despite being unable to complete A Levels due to hospital admissions, she was brave enough to successfully audition for an unconditional place to study popular music at Salford University. Maisie now wants to help others and will be volunteering at future projects to support and encourage younger musicians.”

Hear Maisie’s music on Soundcloud.

CHAINES – Outstanding Act Award

CHAINES (Cee Haines, they/them) writes surreal and fantastical electronica and electro-acoustic music. Since graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2013, CHAINES has taken part in a number of Brighter Sound projects. Working with a group of young artists led by residency director Anna Meredith, Cee created original material in response to the Graphene: Wonder Material exhibition and performed live at the Museum of Science and Industry to a packed audience.

They have since released a critically acclaimed album ‘The King’, worked extensively with the London Contemporary Orchestra, premiering works at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms 2018), Tate Modern (Uniqlo’s Tate Lates series 2017) and the Roundhouse (Ron Arad’s Curtain Call 2016), and won a PRS Foundation Oram Award (2019).

CHAINES owes every bit of their nomination for the Outstanding Act Award to their own development as an artist – which we’re delighted to have been a small part of through some of our projects.

To find out more visit CHAINES’ website, or follow them on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, YouTube and Soundcloud.


Brighter Sound is supported by Youth Music as part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England, made possible by funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England