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Composition Opportunity

2020 ACMF National Songwriting Competition

  • Deadline date: 3 Aug 2020 [Delivery Deadline] — Visit our current Opportunities for upcoming competitions, workshops and more.
  • Location: Australia
  • Total prizes: AUD 8,700


Further Details

The 2020 ACMF National Songwriting Competition is now open!

Every year, students from schools across Australia are invited to put pen to paper and enter their original song in ACMF’s annual National Songwriting Competition. Winners receive prize-money which can be allocated towards musical equipment or tuition. Entries for the competition close on August 3.

For 2020, the competition has had some changes – the competition is now open to young songwriters from year 1 to year 12.

The competition is free to enter – however, we strongly urge you to consider donating to the ACMF to enable us to continue our work bringing music education programs to disadvantaged children throughout Australia.

Our annual National Songwriting Competition is a nationwide initiative designed to encourage creativity and self-expression through songwriting, and is now in its 18th year.

"Songwriting is a highly creative process. We want kids to free their imagination and engage with learning in a fun way" - Don Spencer, Founder & CEO.

2020 Prizes:

Please note - prizes for the 2020 competition are still under negotiation and may change at short notice.

APRA AMCOS Young Songwriter of the Year

AUD 1,500 towards musical equipment or tuition for the best songwriter in 2020.

All entries, years 1 to 12

Allan Kendall Award AUD 1,500. This special judges discretionary prize will be awarded for the most creative and original composition of the 2020 Competition.

Year Groups (prizes available to both School entries and Independant entries):

PRIZES – value of instruments
or musical tuition
School Year Music Genre 1st 2nd 3rd
YRS 11 & 12 All AUD 1,250 AUD 1,000 AUD 750
YRS 9 & 10 All AUD 1,000 AUD 750 AUD 500
YRS 7 & 8 All AUD 750 AUD 500 AUD 350
YRS 4 to 6 All AUD 500 AUD 350 AUD 250
YRS 1 to 3 All AUD 350 AUD 250 AUD 150

“We have to encourage creativity in children. The current education system inhibits creativity – how else will children dream and blossom, if not through creativity? Songwriting is a vital form of self-expression. Songwriting has stopped children self-harming. It has allowed them to speak about abuse and trauma. It has allowed them to express love and forgiveness. It can increase literacy. It can promote understanding.  This competition encourages every child, in every Australian state and territory to explore and create in such a positive way. It’s very important to the work of the ACMF, and me in particular.” Don Spencer, ACMF CEO and Founder.

Website: http://acmf.com.au/national-songwriting-competition/


Contact: Australian Children’s Music Foundation

Phone: +61 (02) 9929 0008

Mailing Address: Suite 305, 110 Pacific Highway, North Sydney NSW 2060

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