The Song Academy Young Songwriter Competition opens for entries

Submissions are welcomed from songwriters around the world aged 8-18, with entries closing 31 March.

Liam Konemann
  • By Liam Konemann
  • 2 Feb 2023
  • min read

The Song Academy Young Songwriter Competition is now accepting entries for 2023.

Open to songwriters from around the world aged between eight and 18, the competition aims to uplift and empower future creatives from diverse backgrounds. Songs will be judged on their originality, lyrics, melody and composition. Entries do not have to be professionally recorded.

The judging panel for 2023 is made up of Fraser T. Smith, Amy Wadge, Miranda Cooper, Tom Grennan, Eg White, Emily Phillips, Plested, Hannah V, Calum Scott, Sodajerker, Sacha Skarbek, Dan Gillespie Sells and Janet Devlin. Prizes include a Yamaha instrument worth up to £1,000, home studio set-up, a recording studio session with a top producer and a performance slot at The Young Songwriter 2023 showcase.

Amy Wadge, songwriter and 2023 judge, says, ‘It’s been an absolute privilege to listen to so much young talent, this competition is so important not only to showcase young talent but to also give an opportunity to be heard by the music industry from a young age – I’m very confident that the future of music is in some of the songwriters I’ve listened to for this!’

Fraser T Smith, songwriter, producer and 2023 judge, says ‘With so much going on in the world, it’s never been more vital for young people to be able to channel their energy and emotions into something positive, which is what The Young Songwriter competition encourages and facilitates through songwriting. Every young person has something to say, a story to tell, or a message to share – that’s why Song Academy is so important to our community.’

More information is available here.