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Songwriter competition to raise funds for Cancer Research UK

Songwriter competition to raise funds for Cancer Research UK

The Songwriting Academy and Caffè Nero have launched a songwriting competition to find the best unsigned songwriter in the UK and raise £50,000 for charity.

The competition focuses on the song, rather than the singer, and songwriters are able to use session singers and musicians, and enter without singing themselves. A number of celebrities and songwriters are supporting the competition including James Blunt, Pixie Lott, Lulu and Jack Savoretti.

The Songwriting Academy will pay a minimum of 25% (net of VAT) from the sale of each entry into the competition to Cancer Research UK in support of the Stand Up To Cancer campaign. In addition, all profits after expenses will be shared between Stand Up To Cancer and Nordoff Robbins. Entries cost £15 for one song, £45 for three, or £60 for five.


Songwriters can enter their songs online at from 10th May to 1st September, 2016. 72 songwriters will be shortlisted to perform at 12 regional heats around the UK from 26th September to 7th October and 12 winners chosen to compete in the semi finals in Manchester on 25th October and London on 26th October. Four finalists will then battle it out at a special gala night in London on 29th October, where the UK Unsigned Songwriter Of The Year 2016 will be chosen.

First prize includes a 12-month mentoring programme with The Songwriting Academy, Caffè Nero and Yamaha Instruments.

Savoretti said:

“This is a great opportunity for up and coming songwriters, which are hard to come by. It is also for a great cause.”

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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