Calling all young songwriters

ENTRIES for this year's Young Songwriters Competition close on March 20, so get your skates on if you want to enter.

The Young Songwriters Awards is an opportunity for regional young songwriters to showcase their song writing and performance talents.

Contestants will be in the running for some wonderful prizes, which this year will include:

  • Paid performances including a gig at SCU's The Deck and two paid performance slots at this year's Crankfest.
  • A film clip created by photographer, videographer and entrepreneur, David Andreas
  • Recording studio time to get your track properly produced at Byron Bay's SAE.
  • Professional music equipment

This year the team behind the Young Songwriters Competition are holding a half day workshop for finalists to learn stage and performance technique, as well as the sound check process.

Finalists will then get the chance to perform at a showcase at The Deck at Southern Cross University on April 14, and they'll get the opportunity to meet and mingle with loads of other awesome musicians.

Entries are submitted under the categories of Pop, Folk, Urban/Electronic, Punk/Metal and Rock/Indie with three finalists chosen per category to perform at the Awards night in front of the judging panel and a live audience.

The judges award a best male and a best female songwriter of the year and also winners and runners up for each category.

Entry is open to all Northern Rivers residents aged 12-25.

To enter the competition, submit your entry in MP3 format with lyrics attached as a Word document, artist photo and bio to

For more information phone Deb Hall on 6620 1800, like the Lismore Young Songwriters Facebook page or go to the website.

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