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The Songwriting Prize

Australia’s largest live performance songwriting competition, and first with a mental health focus. Now in its 9th year and bigger than ever!

Entries are open this year from the Friday 1st March to Friday 10th May 2024. The theme for this year is ‘Acceptance‘ and we are now in the preliminary judging phase!

What is The Songwriting Prize?

Every year we host a nationwide songwriting competition, The Songwriting Prize, inviting songwriters, from all across Australia, to write and/or submit an original song in response to a mental health theme.

The Songwriting Prize judges shortlist songs from set groups to perform at a regional Semi Final. We hold regional Semi Finals across the country during Jul-Sep, and this year that includes events in eight different States. Previous years have seen events in Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and Wagga Wagga. The finalists, picked from across our Semi Finals, will then go on to perform, again, at our Grand Final with one winner taking out the coveted spot of The Songwriting Prize Overall Winner.

Over the years, we have seen thousands of musicians come through our songwriting competitions. Previous winners include: Tempus Sun (2016, VIC), Seb Mont (2017, VIC), Leonie Kingdom (2018, QLD), Velvet Bloom (2019, VIC), NEAV (2020, NSW), BOI (2021, NSW), Timothy Wolf (2022, VIC) and last year’s winner; Chloe Gill (2023, NSW)

This year’s prize pool is our BIGGEST to date and this is what’s up for grabs:

72 x SEMI FINALISTS
If you secure a Semi Final spot, you will win:
– Mental health music training, courtesy of Listen Up Music.

8 x 3RD PLACE SEMI FINALISTS
If you place 3rd, at any of the Semi Finals, you will win:
– S220BTs Wireless Headphones, courtesy of Audio Technica.
+ all prizes from the Semi Finalists stage.

8 x GRAND FINALISTS (SEMI FINAL RUNNERS UP)
If you secure a Grand Final spot, by placing 2nd at any Semi Final, you will win:
– a Creator Pack Pro, courtesy of Audio Technica.
– a MiniLab 3 25 note white keyboard, courtesy of ARTURIA.
– Individual website feature profile, courtesy of Noisegate.
– Mental health music training, courtesy of Listen Up Music.

8 x GRAND FINALISTS (SEMI FINAL WINNERS)
If you secure a Grand Final spot, by placing 1st at any Semi Final, you will win:
– a pair of LIVE 770 headphones or Quantum Stream content mic, courtesy of JBL.
+ all prizes from the Grand Finalists (Semi Final Runners Up) stage.

OVERALL THIRD PLACE
If you place 3rd, at the Grand Final, you will win:
– a $200 online voucher, courtesy of DJ Warehouse.
– a $100 online voucher, courtesy of Mannys Music.
– a 12-month Vampr Pro subscription, courtesy of Vampr.
+ all prizes from the Grand Finalists (Semi Final Winner and Runners Up) stage.

OVERALL RUNNER UP
If you place 2nd, at the Grand Final, you will win:
– a $300 online voucher, courtesy of DJ Warehouse.

– a $200 online voucher, courtesy of Mannys Music.
– music lesson vouchers, courtesy of Stormer Music.
– a prize from their new range, courtesy of JBL.
– a paid Spotlight Series gig, courtesy of Listen Up Music.
– an interview on the Pick-Me-Up Podcast, courtesy of Listen Up Music.
+ all prizes from the Third Place and Grand Finalists stages.
* NB does not include lower denomination Mannys Music/DJ Warehouse vouchers.


OVERALL WINNER

If you place 1st, at the Grand Final, you will win:
– a top-of-the-range guitar, or digital piano, courtesy of Stormer Music.
– a $500 online voucher, courtesy of Mannys Music.
– a $500 online voucher, courtesy of DJ Warehouse.
– a Soundburger portable Bluetooth turntable, courtesy of Audio Technica.

– BTS video recording, courtesy of Dreamscape Creative Agency.
– a photoshoot package, courtesy of Spaghetti Wolf Studios.
– custom t-shirts + free shipping, courtesy of The Soundhive / Silk + Squeeg.
– an Accelerator package, courtesy of RSOM.
+ all prizes from the Runner Up, Third Place and Grand Finalists stages.
* NB does not include lower denomination Mannys Music voucher, DJ Warehouse voucher and Stormer Music music lesson vouchers.

For Music Fans

After the preliminary round is completed each year, we invite you to attend one of our regional Semi Finals across various locations in Australia, and also to our Grand Final, to show your support for emerging artists performing at their most vulnerable.

Each event will feature each shortlisted song, being performed live by the songwriter or another musician. Our events have been described as “supportive”, “spell-binding” and “healing”. Be prepared for a night of community building, togetherness and incredible music.

Where words fail, music speaks. -Hans Christian Andersen