are reviewing every bit of our MIBI awards and so have decided to
cancel this year’s event. We’ll back with further news soon.
Make It, Break It Awards (affectionately known as MIBI) is an annual
songwriting contest for aspiring songwriters and musicians for 14 to
The judging panel of industry
professionals includes, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Record Producer, Steve
Levine, Broadcaster, Mark Radcliffe, Promoter, Harvey Goldsmith, XFM
Radio, Mike Walsh, EMI Publishing, Guy Moot, HMV Music, Mel
The 12 finalists will each have their song heard and scored by the
panel, which will produce 6 winners in two age categories of 14-16 and
17-19. The prizes include a fabulous all expenses paid 4-day
industry academy held at the world famous Liverpool Institute for
Performing Arts, whose major patron is Sir Paul McCartney.
Winners also receive a £500 voucher for Yamaha equipment.
MIBI began life as 'The National Youth Rock and Pop Awards' in 1994, at
Earls Court in London. It was a joint venture between Yamaha and News
International Corp (NIC) with Virgin Radio as media partner. NIC owned
the Times Educational Supplement (TES), which provided the media
coverage that generated national support from teachers and schools.
In its third year Coldplay’s Chris Martin was one of the winners and he
has remained actively loyal and supportive joining the judging panel in
2003. In the same year, Mark Featherstone-Witty, Chief Executive
of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, (LIPA), suggested LIPA
become involved and support the contest - it was agreed and re-launched
as Make It, Break It, now also known as MIBI.
Mark Feathersone and the team including head of preliminary judging;
singer/songwriter, Kaya Herstad and Deborah Orson, partnership
relations’ manager/head of PR & sponsorship, together with founding
partners Yamaha & DjPR have created what is now considered a highly
prestigious songwriting contest for young talented musicians.
The aims of the competition remain the same, "to provide encouragement
and support through a series of on-site music academy master-classes
and to create an opportunity for young-talented songwriters to get
their music heard by the music industry".