If you can’t get to a Regional Festival you can still be involved by sending in a recording of your group. You'll receive feedback from a Music Mentor.
Guidelines for submitting a recorded entry are the same as entry for a Regional Festival performance:
- Your group must contain 2 or more performers.
- All performers must be aged 21 or under.
- Your entry should be no longer than 10 minutes in length.
- Any style of music is accepted.
Please take note of MFY’s guidelines about Content of Performances and Online Safety. MFY might share your entry with Twitter, Facebook, or other participants, please let us know if you’d prefer we didn’t do this.
The deadline for submitting a recorded entry has now passed.
There are many ways you could choose to share your recorded entry with Music for Youth including video and audio sharing services (e.g. YouTube and SoundCloud). Video and audio sharing services can be fun and by making a video or audio recording public you will be sharing your performance with many other people as well as Music for Youth.
Although there are people on the internet that may want to mis-use video and audio sharing services, you can keep yourself safe by following some simple guidelines.
- Don't let peer pressure or what other people are doing on these sites push you into doing something you're not comfortable with. Just because other people post their mobile phone number or birthday, doesn't mean you have to.
- Be wary of publishing any identifying information about yourself. In particular things like: phone numbers, pictures of your home, workplace or school, your address, birthday or full name.
- Pick a user name that doesn't include any personal information. For example, "joe_glasgow" or "jane_liverpool" would be bad choices.
- Set up a separate email account that doesn't use your real name and use that to register and receive mail from the site. That way if you want to shut down your connection, you can simply stop using that mail account. This is very simple and quick to do using such providers as Outlook or Gmail. (Other services exist. See the DMOZ directory of free web-based mail services).
- Use a strong password.
- Keep your profile closed and only allow your friends to view your profile.
- What goes online stays online. Don't say anything or publish pictures that might cause you embarrassment later. As a general rule, if you wouldn't say it to your boss or your grandmother, don't say it online.
- Learn how to use the site. Use the privacy features on the site you use to restrict strangers' access to your profile. Be guarded about who you let join your network.
- Be on your guard against phishing scams.
Please note that many video and audio sharing services require users to be aged 13 or over. If you do use a video and audio sharing service to share your performance with Music for Youth, please be considerate and make sure that all the performers featured in the recording are happy with the recording being posted on that service.
For more information about how to stay safe online please visit Get Safe Online's guide to safe Social Networking and Thinkuknow with information for young people, parents and teachers on sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology.
Are you being bullied online, or concerned for a friend? Visit CyberMentors for help and advice.
If you are worried about something that is happening to you or a friend online, you can report it. Any activity which makes you feel uncomfortable can be reported. For example, this could be a conversation with someone online who you think might be an adult and is talking to you in a sexually explicit way or who is trying to meet you for sex. Report it via CEOP.
Credit: Guidelines from www.getsafeonline.org