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Australia’s first songwriting competition with a mental health focus.

What is The Songwriting Prize?

Every year we host a nationwide songwriting competition inviting musicians across Australia to write and submit an original song in response to a mental health theme. This year’s theme is “Songs that heal”.

The Listen Up Music judges will shortlist ten songs from each region to perform at a Regional Semi-Final. The top three performances from each Semi-Final will then go on to perform at our Grand Final in Sydney, with one winner taking out The Songwriting Prize for 2019.

Over the years, we have seen hundreds of musicians come through our songwriting competitions. Artists include Tempus Sun, SEB MONT and Leonie Kingdom.

For Songwriters

In the last three years, thousands of songwriters have submitted their songs in the competition. This is the first competition in Australia with a mental health focus, so we encourage you to be raw, vulnerable and write something to reflect this year’s theme, “songs that heal”.

We encourage songs from all genres and categories. Your song might be just lyrics, music, or both. We are not judging on the quality of the recording, but merely the song itself, and its relation to the theme.

Prizes:

The Winner:
  • One full day in a studio to record your winning entry professionally courtesy of Studios 301.
  • 3 hour listening party in studio 2 for the winner, + friends, for an exclusive listen to the new track courtesy of Studios 301.
  • 1-year access to exclusive 301 curated events including Studios 301 Socials courtesy of Studios 301.
  • Professional audio equipment prize pack courtesy of Audio Technica.
  • Professional audio equipment prize pack gear courtesy of JBL.
  • Writing session with a Listen Up Music ambassador.
  • Mentoring session courtesy of Tony Lazarro of Big Ears Audio.
  • Single sound mix courtesy of Big Ears Audio
  • 1 song mastering session courtesy of Panorama Mastering.
  • Single/EP release photo shoot package courtesy of RIDLEY ST.
  • Lifetime membership to online education platform for music creators courtesy of Composerfy.
  • Copy of the book “Song Journey: A Hit Songwriter’s Guide Through the Process, the Perils, and the Payoff of Writing Songs for a Living” courtesy of Mark Cawley of iDoCoach.
  • Mental Health Music Course training session courtesy of Listen Up Music.
  • + all Grand Finalist prizes.
 
The Runner Up:
  • Professional music equipment courtesy of JBL.
  • Copy of the book “Song Journey: A Hit Songwriter’s Guide Through the Process, the Perils, and the Payoff of Writing Songs for a Living” courtesy of Mark Cawley of iDoCoach.
  • Mental Health Music Course training session courtesy of Listen Up Music.
  • + all Grand Finalist and Regional Semi Finalist prizes.
 
The Grand Finalists:
  • Song entry on the worldwide Songwriting Prize 2019 charity album release courtesy of Listen Up Music.
  • + all Regional Semi Finalist prizes.
 
The Regional Semi Finalists:
  • Professional audio equipment courtesy of Audio Technica.

For Music Fans

Once we’ve narrowed down the entries, we invite you to attend one of our 4 Regional Semi-Finals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Perth, and our Grand Final in Sydney.

Each event will feature each shortlisted song being performed live by the songwriter, or another musician. Be prepared for a night of tears, laughter and community.

Tickets go on sale July 24.

Entries Close 16 June

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“Where words fail, music speaks.”

– Hans Christian Andersen

Testimonials

The Songwriting Prize was an unforgettable experience – it didn’t feel like a competition at all. You have these ten strangers bearing their heart and soul to you on stage by the stories they are telling and it’s captivating. It’s much more than a competition and it was a honour to be a part it.

- Chris Pryke

“The Songwriting Prize was the first songwriting competition I ever entered. I got to talk to an incredible group of judges & mentors and establish connections. Seeing so many amazing artists with great songs was so inspiring, and made me want to write and produce more.”

- Chelsea Warner

Get Support:

Support Act: 1300 731 303 • Lifeline: 13 11 14