The Songwriting Awards seek to promote new talent through encouraging outstanding young songwriters
Who we can help
Application to this award scheme is by nomination. Heads of songwriting and popular music courses at eligible institutions are invited to nominate an undergraduate or postgradute student to apply for this award. Shortlisted candidates will then be selected to perform for a high-profile panel of songwriting experts at a showcase final in London.
The winner of the 2012 Songwriting Award was Leeds College of Music student, James Brander (pictured, ©Louise Roberts), who performed with his band The Mexanines
. In recognition of the high standard of her performance, the panel also gave a Development Award of £2,500 to Laura James (of Laura James & the Lyres
) who is studying at LIPA. Both will put the money towards a songwriting project of their choice.
To view photos of the 2012 Songwriting Awards Final, please visit our Flickr page
How to Apply
We are currently reviewing how best to help up-and-coming songwriters. Further information about the future of the Songwriting Awards will be available as soon as possible.
History of the Songwriting Awards
The Songwriting Awards are now in their eighth edition and have established a high profile in the sector. Acclaimed songwriter Guy Chambers and Joan Armatrading have chaired judging panels, working with other high profile songwriters including Cathy Dennis, Nik Kershaw, Eg White, Alison Clarkson (Betty Boo) and Dan Gillespie-Sells. Previous winners include The Wombats, Fables, Katie Doherty and Alex Lipinski.