Competitions


Songwriting competitions, contests and ways to showcase your music

This is where you’ll find all manner of competitions run by Songwriting and other songwriting-related sources. Check back here regularly for opportunities to submit your original compositions, lyrics and songs, with the chance of winning prizes, receiving feedback or simply get your music heard. To view an archive of our earlier competition articles visit our Competitions Archive.

Daughter

20/02/2015

Shure Songwriting Award judge confirmed

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance launches Shure’s annual songwriting competition, in partnership with BASCA, with indie band Daughter judging…
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04/02/2015

Win a €1,000 recording package with Dublin Studio Hub

Our Dublin Studio Hub competition offers you the chance to have your music performed, recorded, mixed and mastered professionally ancy…
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InCrest band photo – ReverbNation Songwriting competition winners

21/01/2015

ReverbNation Songwriting contest winner #14: InCrest

Kicking off the 2015 winner’s podium of our hallowed ReverbNation songwriting competition is a three piece grunge band from Copenhagen…
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Future Music Songwriting Competition – Luke Friend

21/12/2014

New contest to find the future of songwriting

Future Music, the company behind the discovery of Birdy, Lucy Spraggan and Jacob Banks, begin their hunt for more songwriters…
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Cammie Robinson

29/10/2014

ReverbNation contest winner #12: Cammie Robinson

The latest winner of our songwriting competition with musicians network ReverbNation is a self-producing, self-taught female singer-songwriter from West Yorkshire…
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Tom Waits

27/09/2014

International Songwriting Competition deadline extended

The ISC 2014, which counts Songwriting Magazine as one of its industry sponsors, has entered its final phase for submission…
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Your Songwriting Contest

16/09/2014

New songwriting contest launches

This is not just a song contest… this is Your Song Contest. Free to enter, too, which is always nice…
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Camden Roundhouse

14/09/2014

Roundhouse 30/30 competition now open

The iconic London venue’s competition for young musicians enters its sixth year – just get your entries in before 1…
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Do I Have A Hit Song?

13/08/2014

‘Do I Have a Hit Song?’ TV talent show launched

Songwriting competition talent show due to premiere on IndiMusicTV this year, with the producers looking for independent songwriters to feature…
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Sam Duckworth

26/07/2014

Shure announces the winner of 2014 Songwriting Award

Sophie Coran is selected by Sam Duckworth (AKA Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly) to win this year’s Shure Songwriting Award…
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Purbeck Folk Festival

29/06/2014

Talent contest returns to Purbeck Folk Festival

The annual competition Purbeck Rising offers another opportunity for an act to play the main stage of the award-winning festival…
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Next Big Thing

21/06/2014

Win a recording contract worth £100,000!

Paul ‘19’ Hardcastle and radio network UTV Media launch a UK talent search with a recording contract as the prize…
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Songwriters Hall Of Fame Song Competition

15/06/2014

Hall Of Fame songwriting contest deadline approaches

Songwriters Hall Of Fame competition to win a publishing contract with Universal is still open for entries until 30 June…
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Song Academy Young Songwriter 2014

12/05/2014

Young Songwriter contest winners announced

Song Academy reveal the winners of Young Songwriter 2014, judged by the likes of Eg White and Fraser T Smith…
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Birmingham Conservatoire

26/04/2014

Birmingham university calls for songwriters and composers

Young composers across the UK are invited to enter the 2014 Philip Bates Prize jointly run with Birmingham City University…
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2 thoughts on “Competitions

  1. Songwriting is a journey to a special place that’s adventurous and exciting,
    therefore if you can communicate your vision to your fans, the connection can
    be fascinatingly surreal and altogether fulfilling, to know your mission has
    been accomplished.

  2. MuckrakerW says:

    These Indie songwriting contests might not be rigged but they certainly are biased as all songwriter’s contests are everywhere on the globe. It is a business based on an image, a new style or some dynamic niche to sell songs and never the song itself as a standalone. (Member of BMI)

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