32nd Australian Songwriting Contest: International Category

Posted by:  Australian Songwriters Association, Inc.


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The Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) is a national, non-profit, member-based organisation dedicated to the support of songwriters and their art. Founded in 1979, the ASA today has a large, vibrant and diverse membership across Australia, and is well established and highly regarded.

The ASA's Australian Songwriting Contest is the country’s largest and longest running competition (over 30 years!) for professional and amateur songwriters. Songs are judged on originality and craft. The song does not have to be performed by the songwriter, but it must be original and not signed with a publishing company at the time of entry.

Membership of the ASA and entry into the Australian Songwriting Contest is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents only, with the exception of the International Category, which is open to citizens of all nations. Entry must be in the name of an individual songwriter, whose responsibility it will be to list any co-writers and liaise with them as necessary if the material progresses through the competition.

This page is for Australian and non-Australian artists interested in the International Category.

  • If you're an ASA Member or would like to become one, please click here.

  • If you're Australian, but aren't an ASA member, please click here.

Sponsors of prizes and supporters of the organisation include: APRA/AMCOS, Ausmidi, PPCA, Dynamic Music, National Film and Sound Archive, SongCentral, Wests Ashfield Leagues Club, Maton Guitars, Hal Leonard, Hamish Ta-Me Photography, Grover Allman, Edensound, Syntec International, MMS Retail, Wests Tigers, Intermusic, Hot Country Radio Network, KIX Country Radio Network, AceMastering, MusicNSW, KG Instruments International, TrakVan, CMC Productions, CMC Music, University of Griffith and Q Music.

The ASA uses up to 60 well-qualified people from the music industry in a unique multi-tiered judging system in which each entrants' identity is hidden. This precludes any tendency for the judges’ decisions to be influenced by any factors outside the song itself.

Following the judging process, 1st place-getters are invited perform at the ASA's gala National Awards Night, which is an important fixture on the Music Industry Calendar. All 1st place Winners receive free Level 2 membership to SongCentral and free showcasing for their winning song(s) for one year (min Value $66.00). In addition, Hal Leonard supplies a quality music book to every winner.

All 2nd and 3rd place-getters will receive other prizes as detailed below, and all Top 10 finalists are recognised on stage at the National Songwriting Awards, as well as receiving a Certificate of Placing and free Level 1 membership to SongCentral along with free showcasing for their finalist song(s) for one year (min Value $49.50).

The National Songwriting Awards have been dubbed 'the Easys', after the original inductees into the ASA's Australian Songwriters Hall of Fame, The Easybeats. This year's Awards Night will feature a very special performance by another elite Australian songwriter, who will be inducted into the Australian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Australian artists will enter in one of 13 categories. Non-Australian artists may enter for the International category :


This is a special category open to songwriters from any country in the world, including Australia! Any genre of material can we entered.

Sponsored by TrakVan and ASA

1st Prize: AUD $1,000, courtesy of TrakVan - the new way for indie artists to play and sell their music direct from their websites.

2nd Prize: $250 cash

3rd Prize: $100 cash

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