UK Songwriting Contest deadline approaching

Stuart Epps
Stuart Epps

Stuart Epps: the top British producer has worked with the likes of Elton John and George Harrison

As part of the grand prize package, renowned music producer Stuart Epps has agreed to work with the winning songwriter

The entry deadline for The UK Songwriting Contest is midnight 30 September. The 2017 competition is an opportunity for songwriters to showcase their work to the music industry in London and the world, and to have their songs examined and marked by experts. Songwriters from every country can participate and everyone who enters will be told the judges score for each song and will receive an official UKSC Certificate with details of their song’s achievements and placements.

As part of the grand prize package, renowned music producer Stuart Epps has agreed to work with the winner. Stuart has worked with some of the biggest names in the business including Elton John, Robbie Williams, Oasis, Led Zeppelin and George Harrison. Top songwriter and coach Mark Cawley from Nashville will also offer a coaching prize. One of the last winners of this coaching prize – a Lyrics Only category winner from Australia – ended up flying to Nashville to record with Cawley as a result.

Joining Epps and Cawley on the judging panel are acclaimed hit songwriter Shelly Peiken, producer and arranger Richard Niles (Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Mariah Carey), CMA Award winning country star Lucie Diamond, Oscar-nominated television and film composer Jamie Sefari, the composer and Grammy and Emmy winner Kipper Eldridge (well known in the music business as Sting’s producer), as well as UKSC winner and platinum album artist Natalie Chua.

The entry categories this year are: Pop, Lyrics Only, Singer-Songwriter, Rock, Adult Contemporary, Love Songs, Acoustic & Folk, Under 18s, Music Videos, Jazz & Blues, Country, Christian/Faith, R&B/HipHop/Rap, Instrumental, Open/Other Category, Indie, Electronic/Dance/Ambient, Christmas Songs, World Music and Retro.

There are new awards levels this year and the UKSC will feature the best songs and songwriters in each category online, on partner websites and in the media. As the organiser is now the official submissions partner for The Commonwealth Song Contest, entries from this year’s UKSC will also be considered for that new international song event when it launches in 2018.

For details and entry forms, visit the official contest website:

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