Budding songwriters have a chance to have the opportunity to test out their talents in the 2016 National Songwriting Competition, run by the Australian Children’s Music Foundation. Open to school students across Australia from preschool to Year 12, the competition offers prize money up to $1,500 across different age categories for the best original song.
Song entries must be submitted in MP3 format, and children in Years 7-12 also have to submit lyrics. Entries close on 20 October and winners will be announced on 15 November. Entry details can be found here.
The National Songwriting Competition, now in its 14th year, is “designed to encourage creativity and self-expression through songwriting”. Sponsors include APRA-AMCOS and the Australasian Music Publishers Association.
The Australian Children’s Music Foundation was founded in 2002 by Don Spencer, who for many years was a presenter on ABC TV’s Playschool. Headquartered in North Sydney, the foundation provides tuition and instruments to children from disadvantaged backgrounds and youth who are at risk. Its teaching coordinates with the particular of schools and includes singing, guitar and percussion. The schools get to keep the instruments that are provided, and to date the foundation has donated $830,000 worth of instruments.