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.


A new songwriting festival is coming to Shetland

A new educational songwriting event will debut on the Scottish island with the aim of attracting the best UK songwriters…


Madonna announces details of her new album

After much speculation and rumour, Madonna confirms the details of her latest album Madame X to be released in June…


Scratching the surface of Record Store Day 2019

Here is a brief guide of special releases and celebratory performances taking place up and down the country this weekend…


Midem 2019 announces competition finalists

Finalists for the Artist Accelerator competition are revealed after a record number of submissions including entries from 24 new countries…


Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly being brought back to life

The late rock ‘n’ roll icons will tour the UK as holograms – the experience being described as “truly special”…

Adam Ant


Adam Ant announces US and UK mega tour

Pop icon will perform his debut solo album in its entirety during a huge tour across the US and UK…


Long-standing USA songwriting contest opens for 2019

Songwriters can now submit their entries for the 24th Annual USA Songwriting Competition for a chance to further their careers…

Midem & Universal Music


Midem and Universal Music offer mentoring opportunity

Are you an aspiring songwriter or producer struggling to get the right attention among the throng of peers and competitors?…


New report finds listening to music damages creativity

It is a popular belief that listening to music will increase the brain’s working ability and help us retain information…

The 1975


Brits 2019: a round-up of this year’s event

London’s O2 Arena played host to another eventful Brit Awards ceremony as the annual spectacle returns for its 39th year…

Isle Of Wight


Is there still inequality in festival lineup selection?

Leading figures discuss why women and new artists continue to be overlooked for the key slots on UK festival lineups…

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…


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