Music for All ambassador Jamie Cullum and MIA Member Yamaha have joined forces in a unique initiative that will see his beloved Yamaha S6 grand piano going to a good cause. Whilst a new Yamaha S6 would cost over £60,000, the incredible and unique history of this piano makes it priceless.
The Yamaha artist has been playing this piano for 5 years in his studio, where he recently wrote and recorded his critically acclaimed album ‘Taller’, as well as ‘The Man’ from the blockbuster movie ‘King of Thieves’. The piano can also be seen (and heard) centre stage throughout Jamie’s much anticipated UK and Ireland 2020 ‘Taller’ tour, which kicks off on 9thMarch in Dublin.
As always with Yamaha and Jamie, there’s a creative twist. To be in with a chance of winning this unique piano, Jamie wants entrants to write and record an original song telling the story of how their nominated good cause would benefit from winning the piano. This could be a school, a community organisation or charity, essentially any group that does great work in inspiring and making a great contribution to their local community.
The song should tell the story of how the piano will positively impact people’s lives; how it will inspire more music making, more enjoyment and more creativity. Songs will be judged on melody, composition, originality and lyrics.
Yamaha’s Piano Product Specialist, Phil Power says “Through this initiative, we hope that Jamie’s piano will inspire music making and creativity within communities. Our ambition is for the piano to make a real difference to the winning organisation, its community and all those who will have access to it.”
Jamie said “If you’re a school, charity or community group this is a truly amazing opportunity. This phenomenal instrument has been living in my studio for a few years now and I’ve written loads of songs on it. It’s coming out with me one last time on my 2020 Taller tour, and then…..it could be yours!”
The competition will close on 31st May 2020. Songs can be recorded as video or audio and should be uploaded via the competition page at uk.yamaha.com, where full terms and conditions can also be found. The winning entry will be selected by Jamie himself and announced on 30th June 2020. Click here to find out more.