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If you’re 8-18 years old, written some great original songs and want to get discovered & create a sustainable career in the music industry……enter The Song Academy Young Songwriter Competition 2018  before the 8th April deadline!

Past judge, the producer & songwriter Naughty Boy said:

“I think this competition is important because every songwriter I’ve worked with was always waiting to be discovered.”

This year’s panel of award winning judges includes:

Singer songwriters Tom Odell, Imelda May & Lucie Silvas, songwriters & producers Guy Chambers (for Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, & Mark Ronson), Eg White (Adele, Duffy, Take That, Pink), Tim Laws (Gabrielle, Lighthouse Family), Jessica Sharman (for Ward Thomas), Nicky Cox (editor, First News) and Nigel Elderton (Chairman, PRS for Music).

SAYS18 is supported by PRS for Music, SoundCloud, Focusrite, ICMP & Trinity College London.

Watch our Young Songwriter 2018 trailer video now:

Competetion Details:

We’re seeking songwriting talent. Songs will be judged on their originality, lyrics, melody, composition, and potential to be a smash hit! There’s no need to enter professional recordings, however, a good recording can help to enhance the impact of your song.

An outline of our key judging criteria is at

This competition will be separately judged for 8-12 year olds and 13-18 year olds and there is a separate category for international entries. Each entrant may enter up to 5 songs and an additional 5 joint entries. The deadline to enter the competition is 8th April 2018 (at midnight). The entry fee is £5 per song to cover administration costs.

Tom Odell, Singer Songwriter, says: “When I was 13 years old I started writing songs, and over the following years I became more and more obsessed with it. But the thing that always kept me awake at night was how to get them out there for people to hear them. This is why I think the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition is a great way to inspire and help through this process, and its something I wish had been around when I was starting out. I can’t wait to hear the songs!”

Imelda May, Singer Songwriter, says: “I’m very glad to be part of The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2018 judging panel. Good songwriting is the foundation of all good music. This competition is also simply a great way for songwriters to meet other like minded people and I’m happy to encourage anyone to connect and excel in this beautifully expressive art form and cannot wait to hear the songs.”

Lucie Silvas, Singer Songwriter, says: “I am honored to be taking part in the judging of this competition. Songwriting has been the backbone of my career and to support new and upcoming young talent is really rewarding. Anything I can do to help and encourage young artists and songwriters to follow and reach their goals , I will always do.”

Myles Keller, PRS for Music, says: “PRS for Music is delighted to be supporting the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition once again. This wonderful competition empowers young songwriters, enabling them to showcase their talent and offering them a ‘one of a kind’ opportunity to gain crucial feedback from some of the very best songwriters. In the early stages of a career, this kind of help is like gold dust and really enables industry newcomers to build strong, sustainable careers.”

Megan West, Vice President, Content & Community, SoundCloud, says: “We’re thrilled to work with Song Academy for the third year in a row in supporting the Young Songwriter competition. SoundCloud seeks to empower creators at all stages in their creative journey, and this competition aligns with that aim by offering a way for young singer-songwriters to share their music and inspiring a future generation of creators.

Giles Orford, Focusrite, says: “We are delighted to be a partner of an organisation dedicated to making it easier for singer-songwriters of the future to make music”

Good luck!

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