On Saturday 1st February the 2014 Song Academy Young Songwriter Competition officially opens for entries from across UK and Ireland. This exciting platform for aspiring young songwriters gives young people aged 7-18 years the opportunity to have their songs heard by industry professionals, and the chance to release their own professionally recorded single at Universal Music’s recording studio in London. Entry is free. For more information and to enter the competition, please visit http://www.songacademy.co.uk/says14/
The winners will also win a professional photo shoot with John Cassidy, The Headshot Guy, and the 13-18 year olds category winner will win a PreSonus AudioBox Studio, Notion 4 songwriting software and￡500 of Shure audio equipment with a day with a technical engineer at Shure to understand how to use all their new gear. And if that’s not enough, selected winners and finalists will have their song released on the SAYS
2014 compilation album distributed through AWAL (Artists Without A Label).
As well as the opportunity to win these amazing prizes, entrants will have their songs heard by this year’s star studded industry panel of judges, including: Eg White (written for Adele, Florence + the Machine, Chloe Howell, Tom Odell), Fraser T Smith (written for James Morrison, Sam Smith, Taio Cruz, Pixie Lott), Barry Mason (written for Tom Jones and Elvis Presley), Rob Davis (written for Spiller and Kylie Minogue), Lyn Goddard (songwriter and producer), Denzyl Feigelson (advisor to Apple and iTunes and founder of Artists Without A Label), Jamie Theakston (radio DJ at Heart FM), Nicky Cox (editor of First News), Amy Studt (singer-songwriter), Lou Rhodes (singer-songwriter), Mark Hill (the original Artful Dodger, written for Ed Sheeran and Craig David), Lili Tarkow-Reinisch (written for Ellie Goulding) and Jamie Scott (written for One Direction).
Founder and Manager of Song Academy, Rowena Atkins said: “The SAYS competition is a unique initiative championing young people’s creativity, individuality and powers of expression. It’s a great privilege to be a spring board for young people to show their greatness and connect with the world”.
Director at PRS for Music, Myles Keller said, “The Song Academy’s 2014 competition offers young songwriters a golden opportunity to showcase their music and get invaluable feedback at a really formative time in their development. PRS for Music is absolutely delighted to support such a positive and exciting competition, particularly during the same year we are celebrating a century of songwriting. Music is integral to our nation’s identity and it is crucial that we nurture the next generation of songwriters now to ensure a
creative future where music continues to play a key role in society.”
Children can enter the competition individually or in collaboration with friends, school class or family.
This competition will be separately judged for 7-12 years olds and 13-18 year olds.
The deadline to enter the competition is 6 April 2014 and entry is free. For more information, please visit www.songacademy.co.uk/says14/
Posted by Tracy Thomas