New contest to find the future of songwriting

Future Music Songwriting Competition – Luke Friend
Future Music Songwriting Competition - Luke Friend

Future Music’s TeenStar 2013 competition winner was Luke Friend who became a finalist on The X Factor

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

ew for 2015, Future Music is launching a competition to find the best songwriters in the UK. The contest will provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to get their music heard by music industry professionals, with prizes including Songwriter Awards, plus the opportunity to perform in a grand final showcase in London in front of A&R who work for the three major record labels.

Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Atlantic Record’s Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, and 2013 X Factor finalist Luke Friend, who has recently signed to Sony Music.

Future Music’s songwriting competition is open to all ages, however there will be additional categories for entrants who are under 15 and under 18 years old. There will also be additional songwriting awards for the categories of genres including rock, country, jazz, pop, world, R&B, hip-hop, urban, Christian, gospel, Latin, electronic and folk.

Acts don’t need to be a professional recording artist to enter the songwriting competition, as entries will be judged on their originality, melody, composition, lyrics (where applicable) and their potential to be a hit song.

The winning acts that make the grand final showcase will have the chance to perform at Dingwalls, a world-renowned music venue at the heart of London’s music scene in Camden. The judging panel at the grand final includes a number of music industry professionals, such as Ivor Novello award winner Mark Hill (known as one half of Artful Dodger), multi-platinum producer-songwriter Si Hulbert, Kerrang! radio DJ Alex Baker and Universal Music’s James Meadows.

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