The Listen Up Music Songwriter’s Festival 2018 aims to uncover the greatest new songwriting talent in Australia and Great Britain. We ask our entrants to submit a song responding to a specific theme, to help spread positive messages surrounding mental health. This year’s theme is “I am here”.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How much does it cost to enter?
A. Nothing! Our Songwriter’s Festival is completely free for anyone and everyone in Australia and Britain.
Q: Can I enter both the Australian, and UK, iterations of the festival?
A: Only if you are a resident of both countries and are able to have your song performed at live events in both countries, if your entry progresses that far. Otherwise, just stick to submitting your entry for the country that you reside in.
Q: Does my entry have to relate to the theme of “I am here”?
A: Ideally, yes. The festival is designed to discover hidden talented songwriters but also very much focused on positive messages supporting mental health and one of the judging categories is attributed to this.
Q: If I progress to the Semi Final stage, how is it decided which Semi Final my song will be performed at?
A: It is decided based on your location and the entry will be asked to be performed at the closest Semi Final to you. It is not decided based upon where the musicians performing your song are based so please bear that in mind.
Q. Is there an age restriction for entering?
A: No, but you will need written consent from a parent/guardian if you are under the age of 18.
Q: Does the quality of recording of my entry matter?
A: Not really. As the entries are judged on the songwriting, not the performance or audio quality, you will not be marked down for not having studio quality recording(s). That being said if an instrument is badly out of tune, or the lyrics are impossible to hear, for example, then it will make the judging process more difficult.
Q: Do I have to perform my own song, either on the recording or at a live event?
A: No. The festival is focused on the songwriting, and quality thereof, so it is at your discretion as to who you would like to perform your song.
Q: Are the Semi Final and Grand Final events 18+?
A: No. We have dispensation from all of our venues to allow performers under the age of 18 to perform in the venue, although alcohol provision will not be allowed for those under 18.

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