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Transformation Trust seeks UK’s best school bands for Act 10 competition

13th March 2015

Pupils who play music together are being encouraged to enter a competition to find the UK’s best school band, with the winner set to perform to a 10,000-strong crowd at Wembley Arena.

Education charity the Transformation Trust, which funds extra-curricular activities in schools, is calling for entries to its Act 10 competition, which is open to schools where an above-average percentage of pupils are on free school meals.

The winning band will perform on the main stage at the charity’s Rock Assembly concert and careers fair at Wembley Arena on 1 July, with ten runners-up getting the chance to play on a smaller stage.

This year’s full line-up has not yet been announced but previous performers have included Professor Green, the Saturdays, Ella Eyre and Tinchy Stryder.

Entrants to the Act 10 competition must fill in a form and provide a link to their band performing live. The bands will be judged on their business acumen as well as their musical ability and must provide detailed ideas for the marketing and launch of their debut album.

The competition was run for the first time last year and was won by Hex, a rock and rap music band from Greenwood Academy in Birmingham.

David Dawnay, project manager for Rock Assembly, said: ‘We want to get the message out to music teachers across the country who have bands in their schools.

Read more on the Music Teacher magazine website