UK Unsigned Songwriter competition opens

uk songwriting competition

Calling all unsigned songwriters: the Songwriting Academy has teamed up with Nordoff Robbins, Caffe Nero and Yamaha to launch a national search for Britain’s best new talent.

Songs in any genre are welcomed from all corners of the UK, with regional judging rounds culminating in a shortlist of 72 successful applicants.

They will perform at 12 heats around Britain from 26 September to 7 October, with 12 winners chosen to compete in the semi-finals in Manchester on 25 October and London on 26 October.

Up for grabs are prizes worth over £5,000, including a live tour of Caffe Nero stores, entry to a songwriting retreat in Spain, a 12-month mentoring process, studio time and Yamaha gear.

Each song entry costs £15 with all profits shared between Stand Up To Cancer and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy. PRS for Music is supporting the competition.

The deadline for entries is 1 September.

For more info, and to submit your songs, visit

Read our recent interview with Pablo Ettinger, co-founder of the Caffè Nero coffee house chain, which is credited with helping launch the musical careers of Passenger and Jack Savoretti.

He tells us how music defines his business and explains the opportunities available to aspiring songwriters and composers: