27th Australian National Songwriting Contest

Posted by:  Australian Songwriters Association, Inc.


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The Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) is a national, non-profit, membership 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. Membership and entry into the National Songwriting Contest is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents only, with the exception of the special new International Category, which is open to citizens of all nations.

Check out the ASA Songwriting Contest video promo.

The ASA's Australian National Songwriting Contest is Australia’s largest and longest running competition 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.

Following the judging process, first place selections are invited perform at the ASA's elite National Awards Night, which has become an important fixture on the Music Industry calendar. The Lyrics category winner is the only exception to this, but they will have their composition displayed in written form on the night. The Awards have been dubbed 'the Easys', after the original inductees into the ASA's Australian Songwriters Hall of Fame, The Easybeats.

This year's National Awards Night will also feature a special performance by Brian Cadd, as he is inducted into the Australian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Additional special Awards to be announced on the night will be Songwriter of the Year, Rudy Brandsma Award and PPCA Award.

There are 3 special awards that will be presented:

  • Songwriter of the Year

    Judged from the first prize winners of each category. Separate entry is not required.

    Sponsored by APRA and Ausmidi/Finale

    Winner receives: $3,000 Cash as well as Finale Music Publishing Software 2007 (RRP $895) and an Easys Trophy.

  • RUDY BRANDSMA AWARD - All entrants who are ASA members qualify for selection to receive this honour.

    Sponsored by Maton

    Winner receives: EM225C Maton Guitar (RRP $1,399)

  • PPCA AWARD - Given for the best live performance at the National Awards Night.

    Sponsored by PPCA

    Winner receives: $400

    Each of the 13 categories has a unique first prize (see below). Second prize for each category is $250 and Third Prize is $100 unless otherwise noted:

  • . OPEN - For that song that may not fit other categories.

    Sponsored by Australian Audio Supplies

    1st Prize: Tapco S5 studio monitors RRP$870 and Tapco Link-USB computer recording interface bundled with Mackie Tracktion recording software (RRP$370)


    Sponsored by Dynamic Music

    1st Prize: Seagull S6 Quantum with case (RRP $1,495)


    Sponsored by The Pub Group

    1st Prize: $500


    Sponsored by insideCity.NET and GOLDWebsites

    1st Prize: Custom website design with two years hosting + search engine optimization

  • YOUTH - Any genre or style - songs by entrants 17 years of age and under as at 31st May, 2007.

    Sponsored by Australian Songwriters Association, Inc.

    1st Prize: $250

    2nd Prize: $150

    3rd Prize: $100

  • INSTRUMENTAL - Any genre or style, including traditional, classical, contemporary, film/TV tracks & electronica.

    Sponsored by Dynamic Music

    1st Prize: Zoom MRS 802 CD Recorder (RRP $1,595)

  • CONTEMPORARY POP/DANCE - Up tempo modern songs.

    Sponsored by JANDS

    1st Prize: Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording (RRP $899) and Shure KSM 27, Studio Microphone (RRP $799)

  • FOLK / ACOUSTIC - including ‘unplugged’ compositions.

    Sponsored by Dynamic Music and the National Film and Sound Achive

    1st Prize: Seagull S6 Folk Guitar with Quantum pickups (RRP $995)

  • ROCK / INDIE - Contemporary songs and heavier arrangements.

    Sponsored by Dynamic Music and the National Film and Sound Archive

    1st Prize: Set of Sabian Metal Cymbals (RRP $1,395)

  • AUSTRALIA - Songs with an Australian theme or subject.

    Sponsored by the A# Sharp Recording Studio

    1st Prize: Recording time to the value of $600

  • SPIRITUAL - Songs of faith or inspiration.

    Sponsored by Dynamic Music

    1st Prize: Zoom MRS8 (RRP $795)

  • LYRICS - Words of a song or poem/words suitable to be set to music.

    Sponsored by the ASA

    1st Prize: $500

  • INTERNATIONAL - This is a special category open to songwriters from any country in the world! Australian songwriters can also enter.

    Sponsored by FACE

    1st Prize: $1,000 AUD

    Additionally, all first place winners receive a beautiful Easys Trophy sponsored, created and manufactured by legendary trophy makers WJ Sanders. Each first place winner will also receive a quality music book from Hal Leonard as a bonus.

    All Top 10 finalists receive a Cerificate from the ASA. The precise placing of the Top 10 finalists are announced at the National Awards Night. Certificates of merit are awarded at the discretion of the judges.

    IN SHORT: This contest boasts prizes that total over $25,000 from sponsors such as APRA, PPCA, The Pub, Ausmidi, Australian Audio Supplies, The Australian National Film and Sound Archive, Jands, Dynamic Music, A# Recording Studio, insideCity.NET, GOLDWebsites, Songs Not Bombs, the Forces Advisory Council on Entertainment (FACE), and WJ Sanders. Musical equipment and other prizes are supplied by Maton, Finale, Tapco, Mackie, Lexicon, Shure, Seagull, ZOOM, Sabian and Hal Leonard.

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

    Please note: You can submit and receive a professional written critique of your song(s), regardless of whether or not you are selected as a finalist. The service is offered by the ASA for a moderate fee, to assist songwriters grow and develop. The option for a written critique will appear after a purchase has been made.

    Feedback requests may not be received until after the National Awards Night. This is due to time demands on ASA staff while the Contest is in progress.

    To be eligible for member submission prices, you must validate your ASA membership with the username/password provided by ASA for this competition.

    All non-Australian residents should submit to the "International Category" option.