The latest goings-on in the world of songwriting and music

Here’s a round-up of the latest songwriting news stories from the past month. To view an archive of all the previous articles visit our Songwriting News Archive.

Natalie Shay


Young Songwriter 2019 competition open for entries

Song Academy’s annual contest for 8-18-year-olds will be judging originality, lyrics, melody, composition, and potential to be a hit song…

The Beatles


New project calling for Beatles fan photos

Groundbreaking global project needs help sourcing photographs for a unique archive celebrating 50 years since the band’s famous final performance…

Average Joseph


Average Joseph wins Future Music award

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

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Casio release new digital pianos at NAMM

The electronics brand uses this week’s music gear conference to launch compact instruments suited to beginners and seasoned keyboard players…

The Cranberries


The Cranberries share single from final album

The 11 new tracks on ‘In The End’ were written before the Irish band’s frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan tragically passed away…



BBC announces Sound Of 2019 winner

Rapper Octavian is this year’s BBC Sound Of 2019 champion, seeing off a fine selection of the UK’s brightest talents…


NAMM 2019: Ibanez and Epiphone release new models

The annual music trade show NAMM returns this month. Here are some exciting guitars debuting ahead of this year’s show…


Christmas single aims to bring communities together

Three Surrey based organisations team up to bring people of all backgrounds, race and religions together in time for Christmas…


Win! The 2018 Songwriting Christmas Gift List

Be in with a chance of winning all of the products featured in our gift guide with this seasonal competition…

British 2019 inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame


British artists among 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees

Radiohead, Def Leppard, The Cure, Roxy Music and The Zombies join Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks in this year’s selection…


MOBO Help Musicians Fund doubles prize money

Now, in its second year, MOBO Help Musicians Fund will back another 20 artists while increasing the grant to £40,000…

Neil Young


BST Hyde Park festival announces headliners for 2019

Organisers of British Summer Time Hyde Park promise ‘historic night’ as they reveal two music heavyweights will share headline slot…

Taylor Swift


Taylor Swift Joins Universal Music Group roster

The ‘Shake It Off’ singer leaves Big Machine for Universal Music Group, ending a relationship that spans over 12 years…

Waves Axis One


Waves Audio announces music PC

Plugin developer creates a computer designed for studio and stage, in what could be the first move of its kind…

Ultimate Seminar


Free ‘Ultimate Seminar’ in London

Music conference takes place at Westminster university on 24 November, with talks and discussions involving leading songwriters, managers and execs…

Violet Skies


How songwriters can receive £10,000 to boost their careers

Writer Producer Fund gives financial support to songwriters and composers. Here are the latest writer-producers who will receive career-changing funding…



Sub Pop revives mail order Singles Club

A decade on from the last instalment of the subscription service, the fourth edition will start shipping in April 2019…

David Gray. Pic: Derrick Santini


David Gray confirms new album and tour

‘Gold In A Brass Age’ will be the singer-songwriter’s first LP in four years, with the release set for March…


Famous ‘Dreyfus Jazz’ collection reissued

The collection was originally put together by legendary French record producer Francis Dreyfus and is being reissued by Sony BMG…

Doc'n Roll Festival


An introduction to the Doc‘n Roll Festival 2018

Music and film combine to shine a torch on creativity and diversity over 18 days of short movies and documentaries…


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