Scroll down to reveal our 2019 ACMF National Songwriting Competition Winners!

Every year, students from schools across Australia are invited to put pen to paper and enter their original song in ACMF’s annual National Songwriting Competition. Winners receive prize-money which can be allocated towards musical equipment or tuition.

For 2019, the competition has had some changes – there are fewer categories in which to enter, which means that the prizes are more substantial. We have also introduced the ability to enter a song as a school group, which has it’s own prize category – enabling the winning school to purchase valuable resources to improve their music program!

The competition is free to enter – however, we strongly urge you to consider donating to the ACMF to enable us to continue our work bringing music education programs to disadvantaged children throughout Australia. You Can Donate Here.

Our annual National Songwriting Competition is a nationwide initiative designed to encourage creativity and self-expression through songwriting, and is now in its 17th year.


“Songwriting is a highly creative process. We want kids to free their imagination and engage with learning in a fun way” – Don Spencer, Founder & CEO.

For a full listing of winners for 2019 (and to hear their entries) please click here!

For a full listing of winners for 2018 (and to hear their entries) please click here!

For a full listing of winners for 2017 (and to hear their entries) please click here!

For a full listing of winners for 2016 (and to hear their entries) please click here!

For full Terms and Conditions of the competition, see

Scroll down for information about prizes.

2019 Prizes

APRA AMCOS Young Songwriter of the Year

$5000 towards musical equipment or tuition for the best songwriter in 2019.

Songwriting School of the Year

$5000 towards musical equipment or resources for the best School entry in 2019.

All entries, years 4 to 12

Allan Kendall Award $1,500. This special judges discretionary prize will be awarded for the most creative and original composition of the 2019 Competition.

Year Groups (prizes available to both School entries and Independant entries):

PRIZES – value of instruments or musical tuition

School Year

Music Genre







YRS 11+12








YRS 7 to 10








YRS 4 to 6









“We have to encourage creativity in children. The current education system inhibits creativity – how else will children dream and blossom, if not through creativity? Songwriting is a vital form of self-expression. Songwriting has stopped children self-harming. It has allowed them to speak about abuse and trauma. It has allowed them to express love and forgiveness. It can increase literacy. It can promote understanding.  This competition encourages every child, in every Australian state and territory to explore and create in such a positive way. It’s very important to the work of the ACMF, and me in particular.” Don Spencer, ACMF CEO and Founder.

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