The Young Songwriter 2018 competition

In it’s 7th year, The Song Academy Young Songwriter Competition is the leading international songwriting competition for 8-18 year olds that champions the creative talents of young people, gets their songs heard and unites them with an exciting international community of young songwriters! The 2018 competition SAYS18 is open for entries on 1st February until 8th April 2018.  Judges include, Tom Odell, Imelda May, Lucie Silvas & Guy Chambers.  Get ready!

We wrote a song to remind the world that everyone has a right to be loved, has a right to belong and a right to a brighter future.

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…I just really enjoyed the music, and could actually feel the people behind the songs, which has to be pretty close to the whole point of writing!

Eg White
Eg WhiteAward-winning songwriter/producer

…It’s a fantastic opportunity for aspiring tunesmiths up and down the country to showcase their songs to music industry insiders.

Boris Johnson
Boris JohnsonMayor of London

I found the quality of songwriting to be surprisingly creative and quite advanced, yet refreshingly young and vibrant. What a wonderful outlet for communication.

Denzyl Feigelson
Denzyl FeigelsonFounder of AWAL, and advisor to Apple

It was most impressive to hear young writers singing or rapping about their own lives without any outside input or help from adults.

Tom Robinson
Tom RobinsonBBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music

I was so impressed by the standard of the entries and know that Britain’s musical future is in safe hands.

Nicky Cox
Nicky CoxEditor of First News

I am impressed and delighted by the outstanding young talent which Song Academy has discovered across the UK. Song Academy’s fresh approach is set to enrich music education in the UK.

Ed Vaizey
Ed VaizeyGovernment Minister for Creative Industries

I support anything that encourages children to find their way into the world of music, especially something like Song Academy which requires no formal training and their emphasis is on fun and self-expression.

Jamie Theakston
Jamie TheakstonHeart FM

The Song Academy Young Songwriter competition offers young songwriters a golden opportunity to showcase their music and get invaluable feedback at a really formative time in their development.

Myles Keller
Myles Keller Director of PRS for Music

We’ve been really proud to be part of such a creative and inspiring song writing competition and have been moved by some of the entries we’ve heard along the way.

Adrian Larkin
Adrian LarkinAudioBoom

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