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.
Sponsors of prizes and supporters of the organisation include Aerios Productions, APRA/AMCOS, Australis/Ashton, Band in a Box, BDO, Black Pearl Studios, Christian Fox Accountants, Grover Allman, Hal Leonard, iDOCoach, I Heart Songwriting Club, Indie Central, James North Productions, KIX Country Radio Network, Loving Earth, Mackin Websites, Magesongs School of Songwriting, MasterWriter Inc., Maton Guitars, MAXXDBXXX-Sonic Management, MusicWriter Inc., Noteflight, Paint Ball, Peter Allen Songwriting Competition (Tenterfield Festival), PPCA, Project TV, Q Music, Rhythms Magazine, Song Central, Sydney Theatre Company, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, The Code, University of Griffith, Vagabond Cruises, Vocal Art Studios, Wests Ashfield Leagues Club, Wests Tigers Rugby League Ltd and YOYO Management.
As well as the Prize Sponsors listed above, the ASA gratefully acknowledges Radio Station 4BC and sister stations for ongoing support.
The ASA uses up to 60 well-qualified people from the music industry in a unique multi-tiered judging system in which each entrant’s identity is hidden. This precludes any tendency for the judges’ decisions to be influenced by any factors outside of the song itself.
A very exciting feature of this year’s Australian Songwriting Contest, is that, courtesy Hal Leonard and Noteflight, EVERY SINGLE ENTRANT WILL RECEIVE A CODE FOR 3 MONTHS FREE ACCESS TO NOTEFLIGHT!!! This is valued at $99.95, and regardless of results, every songwriter who puts a song in the competition will receive this benefit.
Following the judging process, 1st place-getters are invited to perform at the ASA's gala National Songwriting Awards, which is 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.
All 1st, 2nd and 3rd place-getters will receive other prizes as detailed below, and all Top 10 finalists are recognised on stage at the Awards, as well as receiving a Certificate of Placing.
All entrants will have 3 free months free access code for all Song Contest entrants, valued at $99.95 sponsored by Noteflight.
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.
Judged from the 1st place getters of each category. Separate entry is not required.
Sponsored by APRA/AMCOS
Winner receives: $3,000 cash for APRA and an Easys Trophy.
All entrants who are ASA members qualify for nomination to receive this great honour.
Sponsored by Maton Guitars
Winner receives: Maton SRS60C worth $1899
Judged and sponsored by PPCA, for the best live performance at the National Songwriting Awards
Winner receives: $500 cash
Songs with an Australian theme or subject
Sponsored by James North Productions, Christian Fox Accountants, Song Central, The Code and I Heart Songwriting Club
Sponsored by The Code, Christian Fox Accountants, Q Music, MusicWriter Inc and I Heart Songwriting Club
Up-tempo modern songs
Sponsored by Vocal Art Studios, Christian Fox Accountants, Grover Allman, MusicWriter Inc and I Heart Songwriting Club
Sponsored by KIX Country, Christian Fox Accountants, Grover Allman / MusicWriter Inc and I Heart Songwriting Club
Wide reaching, everything from ‘unplugged’ compositions to bluegrass
Sponsored by Rhythms Magazine, Christian Fox Accountants, YOYO Management / MasterWriter Inc and I Heart Songwriting Club
Any genre or style, including traditional, blues, jazz, classical, contemporary, film/TV tracks & electronica
Sponsored by Christian Fox Accountants, Christian Fox Accountants, Magesongs School of Songwriting and I Heart Songwriting Club
A special category open to songwriters from any country in the World, including Australia!
All genres can be entered.
Sponsored by Indie Central, Christian Fox Accountants, Peter Allen Songwriting Competition (Tenterfield Festival) and I Heart Songwriting Club
Words of a song or poem/words suitable to be set to music
Sponsored by Band in a Box, Christian Fox Accountants, Peter Allen Songwriting Competition (Tenterfield Festival), MusicWriter Inc and I Heart Songwriting Club
For that song that may not fit the other categories
Sponsored by Black Pearl Studios, Christian Fox Accountants, YOYO Management and I Heart Songwriting Club
Contemporary songs and heavier arrangements
Sponsored by MAXXDBXXX-Sonic Management, Christian Fox Accountants, Magesongs School of Songwriting, MasterWriter Inc and I Heart Songwriting Club
Sponsored by Christian Fox Accountants, Wests Ashfield and I Heart Songwriting Club
Songs of faith or inspiration
Sponsored by University of Griffith, Christian Fox Accountants, Peter Allen Songwriting Competition (Tenterfield Festival) and I Heart Songwriting Club
Any genre or style - songs by entrants 17 years of age and under as at 1st June this year
Sponsored by Magesongs School of Songwriting, iDOCoach and I Heart Songwriting Club