National Songwriting Competition 2021

Music: Count Us In (MCUI) is Australia’s biggest school initiative; celebrating music and music education across the country.  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. 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 2021 Program Song. Students must write a song to a brief to have they entry/entries considered.

We will use the MCUI National Songwriting Competition to help us write the 2021 Program Song. A small group of finalists will be selected to work in collaboration with each other, Program Ambassador John Foreman OAM and our 2021 Program Mentor at our 2021 Songwriting Workshop. Past Mentors have included Lior, Marcia Hines, Jay Laga’aia, Taylor Henderson and Katie Noonan.

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.

Other Information

  • The 2021 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 2021 Program Song
  • Songwriters must be school students (P – 12) primary, secondary, home school etc.

How to Enter the Songwriter Competition

To enter the Songwriter Competition, students must:

1.         Write to the SONG BRIEF   

DOWNLOAD 2021 Song Brief HERE 

2.       Submit your details via the below ONLINE APPLICATION FORM  

SUBMIT YOUR DETAILS via the online Application form HERE

3.       Submit an MP3 and lyrics sheet via email to [email protected] by midnight,               Fri 26th February

NB: Entries for the MCUI Songwriting Competition close midnight, Friday 26 February, 2021.

We Encourage teachers and students to watch our Youtube clip of last year’s songwriting workshop for inspiration and ideas on how to get started!

Watch the 2020 Songwriting Workshop Video Below




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