The Song Academy Young Songwriter competition in its 11 year, is the leading international songwriting competition for 8-18 year olds.  The Young Songwriter competition is for both aspiring young songwriters who already have some experience as well as young people who want to write their first song.

Young Songwriter competition judges have included Fraser T Smith, Naughty Boy, Jin Jin, Imelda May, Midge Ure, Tom Odell, Guy Chambers, Miranda Cooper, Tom Grennan, Eg White, Tom Robinson, Jamie Scott, Harley Sule, Lucie Silvas, Chris Difford, Conor Maynard, Sacha Skarbek, Lou Rhodes, Janet Devlin,  Paul Adam, Amy Studt, Rumer,Dan Gillespie-Sells, Lyn Goddard, Debbie Wiseman, Mark Hill, Lili Tarkow-Reinisch, James Walsh, Tim Laws, Josh Record, Nigel Wright, Guy Fletcher, Barry Mason, Denzyl Feigelson, Jamie Theakston and Emily Phillips.

We believe that songwriting and music can transform the lives of young people by helping them find their voice. Young people are growing up in a competitive, fast changing, uncertain & potentially isolating environment, which can cause various pressures and lead to issues with their mental health. Through songwriting young people can communicate their thoughts and feelings and connect to others. This creative and therapeutic process helps young people discover & develop their identity, overcome challenges, feel empowered by speaking up and advance their creative and social skills.

We believe that when young people realise that their voice matters & they can make a difference, amazing things can happen!

The Young Songwriter 2021 competition is open for entries from the 1st February to 31st March 2021!

Normally upon listening to the results of a songwriting competition, what comes across is how the competitors are trying to write commercial sounding music or impress with their cleverness or catchiness, but listening to these songs, 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

I am an avid supporter of activities that enable young people to nurture their musical talent, such as the Song Academy’s Young Songwriter competition. It’s a fantastic opportunity for aspiring tunesmiths up and down the country to showcase their songs to music industry insiders. I wish all the young musicians that have taken part the very best as they develop their chosen careers.

Boris JohnsonMayor of London

I found the quality of songwriting to be surprisingly creative and quite advanced, yet refreshingly young and vibrant. The general and combined subject matter also gives one an indication of what 7-18 year olds are experiencing in their lives, and also the challenges they are having in today’s modern society. I also found some of the musicianship and raw talent to be exceedingly good. 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. It bodes well for the future of music in this country.

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. This leading competition ensures that every child has the opportunity to be heard by music industry professionals and live their dream. Song Academy’s fresh approach is set to enrich music education in the UK.

Ed VaizeyGovernment Minister for Creative Industries

I think this is a fantastic way of young talent getting recognised and showcasing some of their work. I was in a songwriting competition when I was 12 and it really boosted my confidence and my belief in what I was doing. The talent this year had been fantastic and I have loved being a part of it.

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. PRS for Music is absolutely delighted to support such a positive and exciting competition, particularly during the same year we are celebrating a century of songwriting.

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. It’s never easy standing out in the music industry, but we really think some of the talent that contributed to songs on the platform did exactly that and we’d like to think that the two winning acts will have their names in lights in the very near future – we certainly feel very privileged to showcase their work on AudioBoom

Adrian LarkinAudioBoom

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