GET YOUR SONGS HEARD & BE PART OF OUR EXCITING COMMUNITY
Aged 8-18? Written your own original song? Want to write your first song? Want your songs to be listened to by key players in the music industry, including Tom Odell, Imelda May, Lucie Silvas and Guy Chambers? Want to get connected to an exciting community of young songwriters worldwide?
Then get your songs ready to enter our Young Songwriter 2018 competition! We’re open for entries until midnight (GMT) on 8 April 2018. You’ll need to submit mp3 audio files of your songs and the lyrics. Each entrant may enter up to 5 songs and an additional 5 joint entries. The entry fee is £5 per song to cover admin costs.
Now in it’s 7th year, our competition is the leading international songwriting competition for 8-18 year olds that champions the creative talents of young people, gets their songs heard & unites young songwriters worldwide.
THE ONLINE ENTRY FORM IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE (submit one form per song)
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Our competition is separately judged for the 8-12 and 13-18 age categories across the UK/Ireland with a separate category for International entries.
We’re looking for promising songwriting talent. Professional recordings are not required as songs will be judged on their originality, lyrics, melody, composition and hit-making potential! We judge every song on three key elements: Lyrics, Melody & Chords (see below). Then there’s the S Factor – is it a sensational song!
Lyrics: Demonstrates both technical and artistic competency, highlighting emerging originality. Material is imaginative and technically accomplished with rhyme, meter & creative language.
Melody: Compliments the chord progression and other surrounding musical characteristics. Melodic content demonstrates variety by using range, rhythm and pitch effectively. Demonstrates the ability to write functional harmonic progressions that complement the melodic content. The melody is memorable.
Chords: Harmonic progressions are balanced and provide a sufficient amount of interest throughout the song in relation to the other musical components.
SONG FEEDBACK BEFORE ENTERING
Make sure your songs are the best they can be with our song feedback service. We can provide insightful written feedback on your songs, looking at three parts of your song: lyrics, melody & production/structure.
“I just wanted to say what a positive, constructive and well laid out piece of feedback this is. Anna is going to be delighted and I know she will learn from what you’ve said. It will spur her on even further.” Graham (Father)