Write better songs – Be bold, be heard, connect, get opportunities


Welcome to Song Academy, the leading platform for young songwriters aged 8-18. We enable young people to express themselves and be heard.  We connect young people who are also passionate about songwriting and help young people to be bold leaders who will thrive in the competitive, creative & fast changing future.

Founded 10 years ago, we run songwriting clubs, holiday workshops, school workshops, birthday parties, a song feedback service and the annual Young Songwriter competition.

Our uniqueness is that we focus on the creative process of songwriting – writing powerful lyrics and composing interesting melodies & instrumental parts.  We believe that songwriting is hugely beneficial to young people, especially in their increasingly demanding, fast-paced & technological lives, with little time to reflect and create for fun.

Whether you are writing your first song or an album we are passionate about empowering you to develop your songwriting skills & get your songs heard.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 LarkinAudioBoom

After-School Clubs

Autumn Term 2019 places available

Increase your child’s confidence and ability to express themselves powerfully and be heard.   Develop skills for life. Our programmes cover creative lyric writing & composition recording & performance.  Learn from inspiring professionals. A unique platform to stand out and be heard.


Book onto our next Workshops 

Tailored for musical & creative young people aged 8-11, 12-13 & 14-16  It’s aimed at both those new to songwriting and those who’ve been writing their own songs for several years.

Song Academy Blog

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Book tickets to The Young Songwriter 2019 live showcase!

The Young Songwriter 2019 live showcase + 10th anniversary celebration of Song Academy Saturday 22nd June, 7pm – 9:30pm at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, London Don’t miss out on seeing the stars of tomorrow performing in an intimate…
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Songwriters on the rise

With the 10th anniversary of Song Academy this year, we've looked back over the last 10 years to see which Song Academy alumni of our songwriting clubs/workshops and The Young Songwriter competition, who are making waves in the Music industry…
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Special feature on Top 30 songwriter Aurelia Hanford

Aurelia is 17 years old, from Wandsworth, London.  Her song 'Stupid Squirrel' made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 13-18 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here's a bit about Aurelia and her songwriting. What…
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