The competition is open to young people aged 8-18 across the UK & Ireland and internationally. There are three separate categories: 8-12 year-olds from the UK and Ireland; 13-18 year-olds from UK and Ireland; and international applicants.
Prizes include professional studio sessions, performance and networking opportunities and the latest music production music software.
The Young Songwriter Competition is an opportunity both for young people who are already writing their own songs and for budding lyricists and musicians who haven’t started writing songs.
Song Academy is looking for ‘pure songwriting talent’, with entries judged on their originality, lyrics, melody and composition, and ‘potential to be a smash hit’.
This year’s panel of award-winning judges includes: Singer songwriters/producers Tom Odell, Imelda May, Chris Difford, Dan Gillespie Sells, Harley Alexander-Sule (Rizzle Kicks), Janet Devlin, Eg White (Adele, Duffy, Take That, Pink), Sacha Skarbek (James Blunt, Miley Cyrus, Adele, Jason Mraz, Duffy), Paul Adam (Dannii Minogue, Amy MacDonald and A&R Director at Island Records), Emily Philips (Rizzle Kicks, John Newman, Maddison Beer, SOAK), Miranda Cooper (Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Pet Shop Boys, Alesha Dixon), James Walsh and Nicky Cox (editor, First News).
More information is at www.songacademy.co.uk/says20