Young Songwriter 2019 Live Showcase

An incredible line-up for Saturday 22nd June!

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WATCH THE TOP YOUNG SONGWRITERS IN THE UK PERFORM LIVE!

At The Young Songwriter 2019 competition #SAYS19 and 10th anniversary of Song Academy showcase

On Saturday 22nd June at The Tabernacle W11, Notting Hill, 7-9:30pm

SAYS19 Star Judges include Tom Odell, Imelda May, Jin Jin, Chris Difford, Sacha Skarbek, Rumer, Eg White, Emily Phillips, Dan Gillespie Sells, Miranda Cooper & Nigel Elderton

The Song Academy Young Songwriter Competition – recognised as the leading international competition for young songwriters age 8-18 years – attracted a record 611 high quality entries this year.

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow performing in an intimate setting. Award winning Young Songwriter 2019 competition finalists and past finalists making waves in the music industry will perform. Plus special guest singer songwriter Janet Devlin!

We’re delighted that the showcase will be compered by three young creative stars – Jenk Oz, (founder & CEO of iCoolKid and Thred Media), Sebastian Croft (Ned in Game of Thrones and the lead role of Atti in Horrible Histories The Movie) and Miriam Nyarko (CBBC drama Almost Never, The Voice Kids).

To book your places at this special event, email contact@songacademy.co.uk.  The set up of The Tabernacle will be tables of 8 or 10 in cabaret style at the front and a couple of rows of seating at the back and in the gallery.  Cabaret table seats cost £15 and seats at the back and gallery cost £10. Limited places available.

The Young Songwriter 2019 competition is sponsored by PRS for Music, RSL, YouTube Music, Focusrite, Dawsons Music, Casio Music and ICMP.

LINE-UP

1ST HALF

ZACHARY ZBAR  .  JESSY PLISSON  .  LUCA ZORZI  .  SKYE BISHOP  .  IVANA BARTLETT-COS  .  ROBEL TELKOME  .  ALEX CARROLL  .  EDDIE ATKINS  .  NATALIE SHAY  .  ALICIA QUINTAS  .  SCARLET BILLHAM

INTERVAL

2ND HALF

BASH CROFT  .  CASSA JACKSON  .  IZZY MAWDESLEY  .  ANDREA TURK  .  ELSHAY  .  ZOE TREDGETT  .  ROMAN LEWIS  .  MIA BRAN  .   SOPHIE GRIFFITHS

SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMER, JANET DEVLIN

Northern Irish singer-songwriter Janet Devlin grew up outside the village of Gortin in County Tyrone, the only girl and youngest of four in her family. Fuelled by a love of bands like Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers and inspired by their songwriting, hidden away in her parents’ shed she taught herself to play instruments by ear and penned her own songs where nobody else could hear her sing.  Janet’s creativity and output can rarely be stemmed, and this is evident by the growth of her online presence, predominantly on Facebook and YouTube. She was included in the UK Book of YouTube 2018; an industry manual containing the top 100 most influential content creators in the country.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS

RIGHT TO BE LOVED, WRITTEN BY ELEVEN SONG ACADEMY MEMBERS, PERFORMED TONIGHT BY GILSKA WEERAKKODY, MIRIAM NYARKO, ALEX ROCHE, ZACHARY ZBAR, ANANYA SHARMA, MIA BRAN, SKYE BISHOP, CARLOTA CUNHA , ANNALIESE MORRIS & THE SONG ACADEMY CHOIR

Rowena Atkins, Founder & CEO Song Academy  “Song Academy’s mission is to enable all young people to express themselves and be heard. In today’s competitive and fast changing environment, with pressures on mental health, this has never been so important.  Each year, The Young Songwriter Competition brings together young songwriters from across the world who listen to each other’s stories, feel a sense of togetherness, unite in a vibrant songwriting community and get their songs heard.”

Quotes from The Young Songwriter Competition judges and sponsors:

Tom Odell, singer songwriter
“When I was 13 years old I started writing songs, and over the following years I became more and more obsessed with it. But the thing that always kept me awake at night was how to get them out there for people to hear them. This is why I think the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition is a great way to inspire and help through this process, and its something I wish had been around when I was starting out. I can’t wait to hear the songs!”

Imelda May, singer songwriter
“I’m very glad to be part of The Song Academy Young Songwriter Competition judging panel. Good songwriting is the foundation of all good music. This competition is also simply a great way for songwriters to meet other like minded people and I’m happy to encourage anyone to connect and excel in this beautifully expressive art form and cannot wait to hear the songs.”

Naughty Boy, producer and songwriter
“Young songwriters are the future of music. A great song will always stand the test of time far beyond our years. I think this competition is important because every songwriter I’ve worked with was always waiting to be discovered.”

Simon Barber & Brian O’Connor, founders of Sodajerker
“Judging the 2018 Young Songwriter Competition was a fascinating experience, not only because of the wonderful breadth of talented writers who submitted work, but also because of the incredible range of responses that the songs elicited from the judges. It was heartening to see each judge devote such a great deal of time and attention to thinking about the qualities of each song, and whatever the outcome, all finalists should be proud to have reached that stage of the competition. We are delighted to play a small role in such a fantastic scheme led by such a generous organisation. The opportunity that it offers young songwriters to be heard by leading figures in the music industries is second to none.”

Azi Eftekhari, Head of Music Partnerships in the UK, YouTube
“It’s so important to nurture young songwriters, helping them harness their creative energy, express themselves, and be part of a community. YouTube Music is proud to support the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition and we can’t wait to see how these talented songwriters grow through this truly impactful programme.”

Quotes from past The Young Songwriter finalists:

Laura, Young Songwriter finalist “Being a self confessed bedroom musician the Young Songwriter competition has given me the opportunity to take my songs into the real world.”

Roman, Young Songwriter finalist “It encourages young people to believe in themselves.”

Sam, Young Songwriter finalist “I like how it is focused on songwriting and not particularly vocal or instrumental talent, especially in this day and age, where that’s a critical factor for success. But if you can write a hit, it’s arguably more impressive than if you can sing one, and I think this competition shows that.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Who is Song Academy? The story so far:

The inspiration for Song Academy came from the founder’s daughter, Matilda, who at the age of 8 wrote a song that meant the world to her. Helping her to structure her song and express her feeling was the genesis of Song Academy.

Song Academy’s mission is to enable all young people to express themselves and be heard. In today’s competitive and fast changing environment, with pressures on mental health, this has never been so important.

Song Academy has rolled out a series of programmes over the past 10 years including songwriting clubs, holiday workshops, school workshops and birthday parties in London, Hampshire and West Sussex. In addition, Song Academy runs the leading international annual Young Songwriter competition and provides individual song feedback reports to aspiring young songwriters.

Our focus for the next 10 years is to extend our platform through the UK and grow internationally.

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