2019 Songwriting Competition

The 2019 Music: Count Us In Songwriting Competition is now closed.  Information about our winners can be found here. 

Music: Count Us In (MCUI) is Australia’s biggest school initiative. With more than 7450,000 participants from over 3,400 schools nationwide, it is Australia’s most significant celebration of music and music education.

Music Australia is currently inviting students to submit their original songs for the 2019 National Songwriting Competition. Finalists from this competition will be selected to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to write the song that will be sung by hundreds of thousands of young Australians as part of Music: Count Us In‘s Celebration Day on Thursday 7 November 2019.

Participation in the competition is a great way to kick off the school year with a creative project.

About the Music: Count Us In National Songwriting Competition 

Students are invited to submit a song they have written for the chance to participate in a one day songwriting workshop (travel and accommodation provided). They will work in collaboration with each other, Program Ambassador John Foreman OAM and our 2019 Program Mentor to craft the 2019 Program Song for Music: Count Us In.  Past MCUI Program Mentors have included the likes of Marcia Hines, Jay Laga’aia, Taylor Henderson and Justine Clarke.

We are looking for entries that celebrate music in the lives of young Australian people, with melodies and lyrics that are fun, uplifting and easy to learn. The competition closes on Sunday 17 March, so students still have first part of Term 1 to write and submit their entries.

Our expert panel will judge the entries then four lucky students will be selected to join John Foreman and our celebrity mentor to compose the final song.

This is a once in a lifetime experience for a young musician!

To apply, students must write to the song brief and submit their entries online. We also encourage you to show your students last year’s songwriting workshop for inspiration.

Please note: If you wish to submit a song as a class or group, you must nominate only  one or two people to represent the group and if successful, attend the recording workshop.

Entries for the MCUI Songwriting Competition close 10pm, Sunday 17 March, 2019.

To enter, students are required to fill out the entry form below plus submit a MP3 audio file of the song and a lyric sheet.

Fields marked with a * are required

Student Details

School Details

Teacher / Parent Details

Your Song

Press submit to register your entry with us. Please then email your MP3 and Lyric Sheet to 

[email protected]

Please include your name clearly in your email as well as in the file names for BOTH the mp3 and Lyric Sheet

eg.  Jane Smith - One Song.mp3

If you have any questions, please email us at  [email protected]

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