National Songwriting Competition

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About the competition

Our annual ACMF National Songwriting Competition is a nationwide initiative designed to encourage creativity and self-expression through songwriting, and is now in its 19th year.


Every year, students from schools across Australia are invited to put pen to paper and enter their original song.


Winners receive prize-money which can be allocated towards musical equipment or tuition. For a table of prizes, click here.

Free Entry (Donations welcome)

Every year, the ACMF Songwriting Competition is free to enter. However, as the ACMF is a registered charity, we do strongly encourage entrants to consider making a donation to the ACMF, along with their song submissions.


Your support enables us to continue our important work - bringing life-changing music education programs and instruments to disadvantaged children and youth-at-risk throughout Australia. To make a donation, click here.

Past Winners

Terms & Conditions

For full Terms and Conditions of the National Songwriting Competition, CLICK HERE.

Entries have closed for the 2021 competition

Entries closed on Thursday October 7th - stay tuned for the results in early December...


Competition Sponsors

“We have to encourage creativity in children. The current education system does not prioritise this – 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, and engage with learning in such a positive way. It’s very important to the work of the ACMF, and myself in particular.”

Don Spencer

Founder of the ACMF

2021 NSC Prizes