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 for judging. 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.


The winner:

  • 1 full day session in a recording studio
  • A writing session with a Listen Up Music ambassador
  • Composerfy Lifetime Membership
  • Complimentary attendance to our Mental Health Music Training

Plus all finalists will be featured on our compilation album “The Songwriting Prize Vol. 1”

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








“Where words fail, music speaks.”

– Hans Christian Andersen


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

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