Press Release

Department of Youth Affairs and Sports
Youth, Youth Affairs
Release Date:
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - 3:19pm

A call is being issued for qualified registrants to sign up for the 4th Annual Gen-Y Factor Singing Competition as auditions begin next month.

Director of Youth Affairs and Sports, Mrs. Brenda Lettsome-Tye said that the theme this year is “Battle of the School(s): Glee Edition” and is open to students only between the ages of 15 to 29.

Mrs. Lettsome-Tye said, “There will be two semifinals nights instead of one because we will be taking three finalists from each school. At the semifinals, only one person from each school will move forward to the finals.”

Students who wish to sign up should complete the registration form and email to or drop off at the department on the second floor of the Ward’s Building. Forms can be collected at the department or online at Registration can also be done at any secondary or tertiary institution. The deadline is February 29.

Auditions will be held on Tortola from March 9 to 13 while the semifinals will be held on May 1 and 2. The big showcase is schedule for June 20.

The grand prize for this year’s competition is ten thousand dollars ($10,000) with seven thousand ($7,000) going to the winner and two thousand ($2,000) to the school.

Successful registrants who move on to the finals can expect to be fully focused on their talent as wardrobe and training will be provided.

 “One of the things that we believe is that we need to treat all young people equally and give them an equal footing. For the competition, all they will have to worry about is presenting their performance on stage.” Mrs. Lettsome-Tye added.

The Department of Youth Affairs and Sports created the Gen Y Factor Competition to give young people an opportunity to showcase their singing ability, help them develop their skills and encourage pursuing a career.

For more information, persons should contact the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports at 468-4949.


Nekita Turnbull

Ag. Deputy Chief Information Officer
Department of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468-2730