Young Songwriter 2018 competition opens for entries

Song Academy’s Young Songwriter Competition is back for 2018 and is once again on the lookout for budding talent aged eight to 18 to submit their music.

Now in its seventh year, the 2018 judging panel is made up of songwriters and music producers including Tom Odell, Imelda May, Lucie Silvas and Guy Chambers.

The competition is judged in three categories: eight to 12 year-olds, 13 to 18 year olds and a separate category for international entries.

To enter, you’ll need to submit MP3 audio files of your songs as well as lyrics. Songs can be individual or in collaboration with friends, school class or family.

Professional recordings are not required as tracks will be judged on ‘their originality, lyrics, melody, composition and hit-making potential.’

Prizes include a half day recording session with a top producer in London, a professional music video and photos from the recording session, studio equipment and lots more.

Ivor Novello winning judge Tom Odell said: ‘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.’

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Imelda May said: ‘I’m very glad to be part of The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2018 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.’

Entries are open until midnight on 8 April. For more information and to enter, visit the Song Academy website.

Young Songwriter 2018 is sponsored by PRS for Music, Focusrite, Soundcloud, Trinity College London, ICMP and The Troubadour.