2020 Songwriting Competition

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 2020 Program Mentor to craft the 2020 Program Song for Music: Count Us In (MCUI).  Past MCUI Program Mentors have included the likes of Marcia Hines, Jay Laga’aia, Jack River 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 5pm 19 February 2020.

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 (further details below). 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 5pm 19 February 2020.

To enter, students are required to complete the following two simple steps:

  1. Fill out the entry form below
  2. Submit an MP3 audio file of the song and a lyric sheet (with your full name and song title in the file name for each. Eg Jane Smith – One Song.mp3) to [email protected]

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

MCUI National Songwriting Competition 2020 Entry Form

Fields marked with a * are required

Student Details

School Details

Teacher / Parent / Guardian 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

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