NATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION

The 2020 ACMF National Songwriting Competition is now open!

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. Entries for the competition close on August 24.

For 2020, the competition has had some changes – the competition is now open to young songwriters from year 1 to year 12.

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 18th year.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

“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 full Terms and Conditions of the competition, see http://acmf.com.au/national-songwriting-competition-tcs/

If you or children you teach are new to songwriting, we have a series of instructional videos on our youtube channel. Click here to go to the playlist of the songwriting tutorials, or start wth the first video below.

2020 Prizes

Please note - prizes for the 2020 competition are still under negotiation and may change at short notice.

APRA AMCOS Young Songwriter of the Year

$1500 towards musical equipment or tuition for the best songwriter in 2020.

All entries, years 1 to 12

Allan Kendall Award $1,500. This special judges discretionary prize will be awarded for the most creative and original composition of the 2020 Competition.

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

PRIZES – value of instruments or musical tuition

School Year

Music Genre

1st

 

2nd

 

3rd

 

YRS 11 & 12

All

$1,250

 

$1,000

 

$750

 

YRS 9 & 10

All

$1,000

 

$750

 

$500

 

YRS 7 & 8

All

$750

 

$500

 

$350

 

YRS 4 to 6

All

$500

 

$350

 

$250

 

YRS 1 to 3

All

$350

 

$250

 

$150

 
   

“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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