National Songwriting Competition

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The Program Song is at the heart of Music: Count Us In each year. It is a song written by students and written for students. The Music: Count Us In National Songwriting Competition is currently open to help us find the writers of the 2017 Program Song. Students must write a song to a brief to have they entry/entries considered.

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Music: Count Us In (MCUI) is Australia’s biggest school initiative; celebrating music and music education across the country.  In 2016, we celebrated our 10th anniversary. The program comes together on our national Celebration Day when over half a million students sing the same song, on the same day, at the same time.

We will use the MCUI National Songwriting Competition to help us write the 2017 Program Song. A small group of finalists will be selected to work in collaboration with each other, Program Ambassador John Foreman OAM and our 2017 Program Mentor at our 2017 Songwriting Workshop. Our Program Mentor in 2016 was Jay Laga’aia.

About the MCUI Program Song

The program song will be learned and performed by students of all ages and abilities. We are looking for song entries written by students that are catchy, optimistic and upbeat. Your song should be positive and not too tricky. It can be in any style or genre but remember to consider what will be popular amongst young people all over the country.  Send us a submission that demonstrates your ability to write for young people.

Lyrics

What would you like to hear more than half a million young people sing about? We would love to receive entries about diversity, community, music and making music together but we would also like to hear about what is important to you. Think about issues that are important to you and other young people when you are writing.

Guidelines

  • You may work on your own or with co-writer(s)
  • Your song (or song idea/excerpt) should be 2mins – 4mins in length
  • Write in a key that is approachable for beginner singers (i.e. C, F, G or D major etc.)
  • Keep the time signature straightforward (i.e. 4/4, 6/8 or 3/4 etc.)
  • Write within a range that suits young voices (i.e. Middle C – D an octave above)

Other Information

  • The 2017 Program Song will be developed collaboratively
  • The song will be used to develop lesson plans and digital resources
  • Finalists will receive a fee for their contribution to the 2017 Program Song
  • Songwriters must be school students (P – 12) primary, secondary, home school etc.

Submit your entry – https://musicaustralia.org.au/program/countusin/the-song/

Contact us with any questions – clare@musicaustralia.org.au, 02 9519 9730

Submissions are due by 5pm Thursday 23 February 2017.

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