Young Songwriter 2019 Competition opens for entries

Song Academy’s Young Songwriter Competition returns for 2019 and is on the hunt for budding songwriters aged eight to 18 to submit their music.

Now in its eighth year, the judging panel features songwriters and producers, including Imelda May, Chris Difford, and Tom Odell.

The competition is open for entries from the 1 February to 31 March and is judged separately for UK and Ireland eight to 12-year olds, UK and Ireland 13 to 18-years olds, and international entries.

To enter you must include song lyrics on your entry form and an audio recording in MP3 format or via SoundCloud.

The songs are judged on their originality, lyrics, melody, composition, and ‘potential to be a smash hit!’ rather than singing or performance.

The Young Songwriter 2019 competition is designed to be a supportive platform for young songwriters, which offers them the opportunity to have their songs heard and make connections with their
peers and people in the music industry.

Prizes include, a professional music video and photos from the recording session, a home studio setup from Focusrite , KRK & sE Electronics, a Casio Music CT-x5000 portable keyboard, a signed
Tom Odell Jubilee Road album, and a signed copy of songwriter Carole King‘s book A Natural Woman.

Rowena Atkins, founder of Song Academy, says: ‘Song Academy inspires young people to express themselves, celebrate their individuality and get heard. By connecting them to a vibrant community of their peers who all love writing songs, as well as exposing their songs to key players in the Music Industry, we help to build young people’s confidence, self-belief and drive to achieve their potential.’

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

For more information on Young Songwriter 2019 and to apply, please visit