NATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION

Entry guidelines

– All entries to be submitted no later than Friday, 20th October 2017. 

– All entrants must be school age children

– An entry form must be completed via www.acmf.com.au for each song entered and approved by a parent or guardian

– Song recordings must be submitted in MP3 format only

– Each entry must be labelled with the composer’s name, song title, grade and school.

Fequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the National Songwriting Competition (NSC)?

A: The Australian Children’s Music Foundation’s (ACMF) National Songwriting Competition is an initiative to encourage creativity and self-expression through songwriting.

APRA/AMCOS proudly sponsor this year’s NSC. This is an annual competition for every Primary, Secondary and Specific Purpose School, across Australia. This is the only ACMF initiative that is open to all children and youth throughout Australia.

There are no geographic or socio-economic boundaries.  Now in its 15th year, the NSC is endorsed by the Federal Department of Education.  The competition is divided into grades to provide opportunities for children of all ages, from kindergarten through to Year 12.  Many children enter the competition in consecutive years, with a number of students entering multiple songs and improving their results each year.

Each year high profile songwriters, artists and publishers are involved with the NSC, to endorse and judge the competition.  Examples include: Samantha Jade, Tim Freedman, Paulini, Dicko, Peter Northcote, Mark Callaghan and Nigel Vagana – to name a few.

The ACMF would like to thank all of their partners for the National Songwriting Competition 2017 including, APRA/AMCOS , AMPAL and Ohh!Media.

Q: Who is the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF)?

A: The Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) was founded in 2002 by Don Spencer OAM with the vision to use the power of music to inspire and enrich the lives of all Australian children and youth particularly the less advantaged and Indigenous. More than 75% of public schools in Australia do not have the funds to provide a specialised music teacher, therefore, many children and youth are unable to enjoy the many benefits of a music education.

The ACMF passionately believes that no child should be deprived of access to a music education. We believe that this should be a right, not a privilege.

Music is food for the soul and inspires imagination, creativity and brings joy and hope along with other significant social and intellectual benefits. Through music, children and youth can find a way to express their emotions and channel their energies and abilities into something positive and creative. Research has proven that playing a musical instrument has mental health benefits, reduces recidivism, improves engagement with learning, improves literacy and numeracy as well as behaviour and self-esteem.

The ACMF has been working providing free, weekly, long term and sustainable music programs to Indigenous and disadvantaged schools and communities, multi-cultural and isolated schools and Juvenile Justice Centres across Australia. A customised flexible music program is developed in partnership with the schools and juvenile justice centres, based on the specific needs of, and desired outcomes for, the students and includes the permanent donation of instruments to the school or centre.

The ACMF has programs operating in every state.

Q:  What are the important dates to remember… when does the competition open and close?

A:  Entries close: Friday, 20th October 2017. Judging: late October 2017. Winners Announced:  November 2017. Please note, deadline has been extended.

Q:  How do I enter the ACMF National Songwriting Competition?

A:  Simply complete and submit the entry form online along with your entry material at www.acmf.com.au

Q:  What are the categories and prizes?

Prizes awarded are in the form of musical equipment or tuition for the winning students. Media and live performance opportunities may exist for the winners too.  

Q:  What is the reason behind the ACMF National Songwriting Competition?  What does it hope to achieve?

A:  All prizes awarded are in the form of musical equipment or tuition for the winning students. Since commencement, the ACMF has awarded over $830,500 worth of musical equipment to schools and children across Australia.

– Creativity and imagination – Positive self expression – Engagement with learning – Improve literacy levels – Opportunities for talented students

“The process of writing a song takes children on an amazing journey, helping them discover and understand their emotions, to share and express these emotions with clarity to others. Songwriting gives our children the opportunity to share ideas and opinions and makes them stop and contemplate life and their surroundings, cause and effect, find a deeper sense of empathy. Their lyrics give parents and teachers a window into a child’s mind, heart and soul.” ~ Matt Stone, Teacher at Mt Evelyn and Montrose Primary Schools, VIC.