Judging is complete, and the results are in for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation’s (ACMF) National Song writing Competition 2019.
Now in its 17th year, the competition has inspired over 28,000 students across Australia to put pen to paper, and enter their original song composition.
ACMF CEO and Founder, Don Spencer OAM says, “Song writing is a highly creative process. We want children to free their imagination, and engage with learning in a fun way.”
With four categories, and two exciting new awards for students from Year 4 to Year 12 to enter — the calibre, content, and talent behind the songs astounded its panel of judges.
This year saw the introduction of two new awards: APRA AMCOS Young Song writer of the Year; and Song writing School of the Year. The ACMF are thrilled by the on-going commitment from APRA AMCOS to encourage young song writers. With the introduction of Song writing School of the Year, the ACMF give school students the opportunity to work together collaboratively as an ensemble, band or year group – building morale, encouraging team work, creativity, and sense of school community.
The judging panel comprised professionals in the music industry, and they met at APRA AMCOS’ Sydney office this month to review over 80 songs, shortlisted from thousands of submissions nationally. Judges assessed various aspects of each song, including their lyrics, melody, song structure, and originality.
The 2019 competition is sponsored by supporting partners: APRA AMCOS, Ampal, and oOh! Media. Winners will receive substantial prize money to be put towards music education, tuition and more.
The National Song writing Competition is an extension of what the ACMF achieves through its free music programs – within schools, hospitals, and juvenile justice centres across Australia.
The Foundation inspires creativity and imagination by providing life changing long term music education to disadvantaged children and youth at risk.
The ACMF’s nationwide competition comes at a time when there is increasing concern for the growing number of youth suffering from mental health issues. ACMF music programs improve self-confidence, resilience, and creativity, and re-engage children with learning – developing their literacy and numeracy skills, cultivating discipline and imagination, and enhancing memory and motor skills.
For a full list of 2019 winners, and to hear their songs CLICK HERE.