Not long until SAYS24 is open for entries on the 1st February until the 31st March 2024! If you’ve never written a song before we can help you write your 1st song, if you’re already writing your own songs we can help make them the best they can be! We are passionate about young people expressing themselves and getting their voices heard.
In its 14th year The Young Songwriter 2024 (SAYS24) competition is the world’s leading songwriting competition for young aspiring songwriters, aged 8-22 (under 23 years), to get their songs heard by leaders in the industry & connect to a talented community of young songwriters across the world – both aspiring young songwriters who already have some experience, and those writing their first song!
We are uplifting and empowering songwriters/creatives of the future.
What to write your first song?
Check out our songwriting for beginning short & fun video course.
Want to make sure your songs are the best they can be to enter SAYS24?
Check out our insightful song feedback service
Calling aspiring young songwriters aged 8-22 around the world!
SAYS24 has 6 categories for young people worldwide: UK/Ireland 8-12 year olds, UK/Ireland 13-15 year olds, UK/Ireland 16-18 year olds, UK/Ireland 19-22, International 8-12 year olds, International 13-18 year olds and International 19-22 year olds.
SAYS judges have included, Calum Scott, Tom Grennan, GRACEY, Janet Devlin, Grace Davies, Imelda May, Midge Ure, Tom Odell, Jamie Scott, Imogen Heap, Chris Difford, Conor Maynard , James Walsh, Jin Jin, Fraser T Smith (Adele, Stormzy, Dave, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Aitch, Mabel, Lily Allen, Rag ‘n’Bone Man, Taio Cruz, Tinchy Stryder, James Morrison, Arlo Parks), Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Janelle Monae, Keith Urban, Ella Henderson, Labrinth, Birdy, Jason Mraz, Jessie Ware, Sam Ryder), Miranda Cooper (Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Griff, Maisie Peters), Plested (Lewis Capaldi, Little Mix, Anne Marie, Niall Horan, Dermot Kennedy), Jimmy Napes (Sam Smith, Disclosure, Clean Bandit, Taylor Swift), Emily Phillips (Florence and the Machine, Rizzzle Kicks, SOAK, Connie Talbot), Hannah V (Stormzy, JP Cooper), Eg White (Adele, Sam Smith, Florence & The Machine, Dua Lipa, Pink, Olivia Dean, Sigrid, Nick Jonas, Stormzy), and Simon Aldred (Liam Gallagher, Rag’n’Bone Man, Celeste, Avicii, James Bay).
Outstanding UK/Ireland finalists perform at The Young Songwriter 2024 showcase
And importantly, for all aspiring young songwriters to feel creative & inspired
Latest information on The Young Songwriter 2024 competition
Check out our Young Songwriter 2024 competition page and stay tuned to our social media platforms – Instagram (song_academy) and Facebook, Twitter (SongAcademyUK).