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!