It’s time to get composing and rehearsing!

The Lismore Young Songwriters Competition is a National Youth Week event. Now in its ninth year, it has become a much-loved fixture on the local music scene with young and established musicians alike. Pat Davern (Grinspoon) and Diana Anaid were guest judges in 2018.

The Competition gives young songwriters a chance to kick-start their careers through access to mentors and professional development workshops in composition, song writing and performance.

  • The Competition supports talented young songwriters to boost their careers by providing:
  • Links to local mentors and industry engagement;
  • Media coverage generated by the competition;
  • A chance to engage with other emerging young artists;
  • An opportunity to perform their music in front of a live audience; and
  • The potential to win prizes including paid gigs at Crankfest and the Southern Cross University Deck Bar

Past prizes include: professional recording sessions, photo shoots and film clips; professional performance equipment including RØDE microphones; access to professional APRA workshops and passes to Splendour in the Grass.

Past winners include

(click links to watch)

Key information

Genres/categories

There are no specific categories this year.
Please state the genre of your song on your lyrics document.

Key dates

  • Entries open: Friday 1 February
  • Entries close: Midnight Monday 25 March
  • Finals night: Friday 12 April

Prizes

There will be two main prizes this year. They will be announced on this page and on our Facebook Page soon.

How to enter

Entrants must

  • Be resident in the Northern Rivers
  • Be 12-25 years old at the time of entry
  • Have parent or guardian consent to enter if under 16 (all band members under 16 must have individual consent to enter)

Lodging your entry

  • email mp3 recording of your original song, a recent photo, and a word doc with the song lyrics (with genre identified at top) and a short artist biography to [email protected] by midnight on the closing date
  • entry form
  • Parental Consent Form (one required for all entrants under 16)

Main terms and conditions

  • Entry is open to solo acts, duos, trios and bands – please ensure all songwriters’ names are on the entry form
  • Entrants can enter as many songs as they wish in multiple genres
  • Previous entrants including finalists and winners can enter
  • One entry form is required for each song entered

Download the full Terms and Conditions

Please make all enquiries by email [email protected]

Partners

  • Social Futures
  • headspace Lismore
  • Southern Cross University
  • Northern Rivers Conservatorium

2019 Sponsors

  • Crankfest
  • Lismore City Council
  • NORPA
  • North Coast Entertainment Industry Association
  • RockingHorse Studios

Pictures from last year’s (2018) finals

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