THE PLATFORM FOR YOUNG SONGWRITERS
‘Express Yourself & Be Heard’
“Song Academy is a ‘force for good’ providing young songwriters with a golden opportunity to showcase their music and get invaluable feedback from some of the best British songwriters at a really formative time in their development”. Myles Keller, PRS for Music
Are you a songwriter aged 8-18? Develop creative & musical skills, express yourself, build confidence, have a voice, get your songs heard & receive expert feedback from professional songwriters!
What we offer: After school clubs, holiday workshops, songwriting parties, written feedback on your songs from experts in the music industry and enter our Young Songwriter 2016 competition – judges include Tom Odell, Fraser T Smith, Eg White & Rumer!
Are you a music teacher? Enrich your music curriculum programme with songwriting workshops from professional songwriters. Workshops develop pupils’ creative lyric writing, improvisation of melodies, harmonies & rhythms and composition of instrumental parts. Improvisational and compositional techniques are explored at different levels depending on abilities.
What we offer: School workshops within the curriculum and after-school clubs
Are you a professional songwriter? Join our team!
Are you a potential corporate partner? Sponsor our activities to develop young peoples creative & musical talents and be inspired to achieve their dreams.
An entrepreneur passionate about the creativity and power of young people. The inspiration for Song Academy came from Rowena’s eldest daughter Matilda, who recently started writing her own songs. Song Academy nurtures the talent of young people set on being the next generation of songwriters or being dynamic leaders in other creative industries.
Rowena has a background in old and new media at The Economist, Financial Times, The Guardian and United Business Media. Rowena started her career as a Chartered Accountant, moving swiftly into sales & marketing and launching & developing online businesses.
Jessica is a professional songwriter, topliner, producer and musician.
Her songs have been used worldwide for film (The Inbetweeners 2), TV (Made In Chelsea, Saving Hope) and advertising (Burberry).
She‘s had multiple radio plays, including consecutive weeks spent on Radio 2’s A & B list with artists like Ward Thomas and Hannah Grace, as well as plays on Radio 1 and Radio X, most recently with Irish artist Áine Cahill.
She co-wrote over a third of the Ward Thomas’ second album Cartwheels, which went straight to Number 1 making UK Music History by being the first Country album to reach top of the charts. She worked with them on their third record, Restless Minds, on which she co-wrote 6 tracks.
Hannah Rose Platt
Hannah is an acclaimed singer-songwriter, talented guitarist and storyteller. She has toured extensively in the UK and USA and recorded with Grammy Award-winning musicians. Her songs have often been played on radio and TV.
She has just finished recording her second album with AMAUK Instrumentalist of the Year Nominee, Thomas Collison. Her latest video ‘Chanel and Cigarettes’ debuted on SKY and Freeview TV, she also performed live on BBC One and was named as a rising independent star on the Americana scene in ‘Billboard’ magazine.
Her debut album, Portraits was released in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, Portraits features some of the industry’s leading names, including Grammy award-winning musicians. It received widespread airplay on BBC Radio, Resonance FM, Amazing Radio, and Europe’s leading country radio station CMR Nashville. The song ‘1954’ was featured several times in the TV soap Hollyoaks and Hannah was invited to the home of legendary BBC presenter, Bob Harris, to film an Under the Apple Tree Session for Whispering Bob TV.
Irish-born singer/songwriter Megan O’Neill is one of the most exciting Americana artists on the UK scene. A long-time musician and songwriter, Megan has previously lived in Nashville but now resides full time in London.
She released her debut EP ‘Coming Home’ in May 2015, reaching #1 in Irish charts & was awarded ‘UK EP of the Year’ (W21Music). In February 2017, Megan released a second record with her band ‘The Common Threads’ titled ‘Stories to Tell’ which was recorded at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios with the legendary Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits, Roxy Music, Mark Knopfler) producing.
Megan has had her song ‘Don’t You’ featured on hit ABC TV Show Nashville, three slots at the O2 Arena London for C2C festival, a performance at JJ Abrams’ Oscar Wilde party in LA alongside Gavin James, multiple appearances at the prestigious Bluebird Café in Nashville, Harvest Festival and Nashville Meets London Festival. She has also been twice chosen as one of Time Out London’s Rising Stars (2016 and 2017).
In 2017 Megan was selected as one of the top 8 Americana songwriter’s in the UK and performed at the Americana Music Awards in London. She also spent 2017 touring Ireland, America and the UK and sharing stages with such artists as Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, Nathan Carter, Donna Taggart and Victoria Shaw.