The Young Songwriter 2019 Competition

Now in it’s eight exciting year, the prestigious Song Academy Young Songwriter Competition 2019 is open for entries until 31st March 2019 from young people aged 8-18 across the UK & Ireland and internationally.

The Young Songwriter 2019 competition is a supportive and inspiring platform for young songwriters to get their original songs heard and connect to their peers & key players in the music industry. This unique competition focuses on songwriting rather than singing/performance. Songs will be judged on their originality, lyrics, melody,
composition, and potential to be a smash hit!

We believe that it is more important than ever, in this fast-paced, competitive and technological world, for young people to believe in themselves and be inspired by their future. Songwriting is an antidote to the pressures on young minds and allows young people to express themselves creatively and gain clarity on what’s going on in their
heads and the world outside.

Each year, The Young Songwriter competition brings together young songwriters who listen to each other’s stories, feel a sense of togetherness and unite in a vibrant songwriting community.

There are many reasons to enter The Young Songwriter 2019 competition:
• Get noticed by some of the best songwriters & key players in the Music Industry
• Have your songs heard and stand out from the crowd
• Get connected to our vibrant community of young songwriters
• Record your winning song with a top producer in London
• Win prizes: a professional music video & photos from the recording session, a home studio setup from
Focusrite , KRK & sE Electronics, a Casio Music CT-x5000 portable keyboard, a signed Tom Odell 'Jubilee
Road' Album, a signed copy of songwriter Carole King‘s book ‘A Natural Woman’
• Perform in The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase at The Tabernacle, London

This year’s panel of award winning judges includes: Singer songwriters/producers Tom Odell, Imelda May, Chris Difford, Rumer, Dan Gillespie Sells, Eg White (Adele,

Duffy, Take That, Pink), Emily Philips (Rizzlekicks, John Newman, Maddison Beer, SOAK), Miranda Cooper (Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Pet Shop Boys, Alesha Dixon), James Walsh, Tim Laws (Gabrielle, Lighthouse Family), Jessica Sharman (Ward Thomas), Nicky Cox (editor, First News) and Nigel Elderton (Chairman, PRS for Music).

Take advantage of our song feedback service where we provide insightful comments on the three areas of lyrics, melodies/composition and production. Check out for the song feedback service and all information on this year’s competition.

This competition will be separately judged for UK & Ireland 8-12 year olds, UK & Ireland 13-18 year olds and international entries.

Enter online at Include songs’ lyrics on your entry forms and an audio recording in MP3 format (or send your audio recording via SoundCloud).

Schools entering 20+ songs will have the opportunity of winning a Casio CT-x700 portable keyboard.

The Young Songwriter 2019 competition is sponsored by PRS for Music, Focusrite, YouTube Music, Rockschool, Dawsons, Casio and ICMP.

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