GOOD NEWS! Want to know what it takes to be a music journalist? Here’s your REAL last chance!

If you love music and writing and want to combine both your passions, good news! We’ve re-opened the deadlines and are extending ONE MORE LAST CHANCE to send in your submissions to be selected for the Esplanade Youths (EY) Budding Music Writers’ Programme!

As an EY Budding Music Writer, you will have an exclusive opportunity to be mentored by experienced music writer Kevin Mathews, gain practical experience in various aspects of music journalism as well as have your writing published on different online platforms!

About Kevin Mathews:

Kevin Mathews is a well-respected music writer and has written for Singapore newspapers like the New Paper & TODAY, print magazines like BigO (Singapore), Amplifier, Pop Culture Press (USA) & Bucketfull of Brains (UK) as well as online zines like his own, &

Scope of the EY Budding Music Writers’ Programme:

The EY Budding Music Writers’ programme is an exclusive opportunity for Junior College and tertiary-level students with a passion for music and writing to be mentored on music journalism.

The programme will run from April to August 2011 and all participants must be committed to attending several workshops, performances, interviews with music artists and submitting various pieces of writing over the four-month period.

Programme structure:

Apr 2011: – Attend a one-day Music Journalism workshop where you will learn more about different pop and rock music genres

May 2011: – Submit three profile interviews on Baybeats 2011 audition bands for critiquing by your mentor.

– Learn how to formulate face-to-face interview questions and put what you’ve learnt to

practice in an interview session with a local band and submit an article for critique by your mentor after.

Jun 2011: – Attend a performance by a local band and write a review to be submitted for critique by your mentor.

Jul 2011: – Learn how to formulate email/phone interview questions and practice what you’ve learnt through a phone/email interview with one of the regional and international bands performing at Baybeats 2011.

20 to 22 Aug 2011: – Attend all three days of Baybeats 2011 and write stories covering the festival and its happenings for a daily newsletter to be uploaded on the festival’s website and on the Esplanade Youths website at the end of each day of the festival.

All articles written by EY Budding Music Writers during the mentoring programme will be published on the Esplanade Youths website and the Baybeats 2011 festival website after editing.

What are the must-haves to be considered for the Esplanade Youths Budding Music Writers’ Programme?

A passion for music and the written word and the ability to commit to the programme as stated in the above structure.

Want to sign-up?

Send us two review articles (about 300 to 400 words each) of Singapore rock or pop music performances you’ve recently caught.

Please title your email “I wanna be an EY Budding Music Writer!” and send it in by Tue 19 Apr 2011 to with the following details:

Your full name

Your contact number

Your email address

The name of your current school, and the course you are currently studying.

Please write to if you have any enquiries about the programme.