Average Joseph wins Future Music award

Average Joseph
Average Joseph

Average Joseph performing at the final of Future Music’s Songwriting Competition on 20 January 2019. Pic: Future Music

The annual Future Music competition provides a platform for winners to extend their profile and the possibility of being signed

UK singer-songwriter Average Joseph is the 2018 champion of Future Music’s National Songwriting Competition. The musician from Runcorn, Cheshire, beat 10,000 other hopefuls in the process of winning the award, which comprises of regional and area heats in front of a judging panel, before the grand final at London’s Indigo O2 Arena, which took place on 20 January.

Other winners of the prestigious award include Jacob Banks, Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Karen Harding. Warner Music’s Birdy was the first winner of Future Music’s sister competition Open Mic. Future Music created the award in a quest to find the best songwriters the UK has to offer. The competition is open to both aspiring and established songwriters.

Entry for 2019 is now open for a cost of £10 per song. On the judging panel this year is Ivor Novello award winner Mark Hill, Kerrang! Radio’s Alex Baker and Sony Music’s Layla Manoochehri, among others. The heats will be held in Bristol, Birmingham, Sheffield, Dewsbury, London, Exeter, Huddersfield, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesex, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Portsmouth, Southampton and Reading.

For more information about the competition, location of the heats and entry form, visit songwritingcompetitionuk.com

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  1. Alan Harrison


    still perplexed that you don’t seem to have anything on Gerry Rafferty or sorry if I missed the article.

    Also i saw an article on young songwriters but just need to know is there one also for mature writers like me or if not there should be otherwise it’s slightly divisive.

    Not having a moan because you odder a good service but please sort out Gerry and by all means tell me about a better songwriter thanks.

    Alan Harrison

    • Publisher

      Thanks for the comment Alan. Unfortunately Gerry is no longer with us, otherwise he’d certainly be on our wishlist of interviewees, so it’s purely down to the fact that he hasn’t cropped up in conversation yet. And in terms of competitions for mature songwriters, I suppose you have the option of entering every other contest that isn’t specifically for youngsters – there’s certainly no age limit and we believe songwriting is an art form that can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.

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