Songwriting Competition (K-12)

The Songwriting Competition encourages students to combine their skills of the written word with those of music to compose original songs, and is offered for three grade levels: K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. A panel of music educators will choose as many as 15 finalists. Those students will be invited to perform their compositions in a showcase recital at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015 in Holsclaw Hall at the University of Arizona. The top winner and runner-up in each grade level with be given cash prizes and certificates awarded to all finalists.



Applications must be received by Monday, November 24, 2014


Applicants please send the following items to


In the body of the email, include the following information. Please fill out the form and paste it into your email.


Name of applicant: _____________________________________

Age: __________

Grade: ________

Home address: _______________________________________________


Student email address: ________________________________________


Title of Song: ________________________________________________

Instrumentation – i.e. solo voice, voice and piano, etc. :     ______________________________________________________________________________

Approximate length of song (minutes): ____________________________

Should you be chosen a finalist, will you be performing your own work? __________________

Or do you need us to provide musicians to do so? ______________________


   Parent/legal guardian name(s): _____________________________________

Parent/legal guardian email address: ________________________________

Parent/legal guardian phone number: _______________________________

School: _________________________________________________________

School music teacher, if any: ________________________________________

School music teacher phone and/or email address: ___________________________________

Private teacher, if any: _______________________________________________________

Private teacher phone and/or email address: _____________________________________


  • Attach a PDF of music score with lyrics (scanned handwritten copy or music notation software)

Student name MUST BE REMOVED from the PDF to ensure anonymous judging  (Failure to do so could result in disqualification)

Title your file with the name of your song only (this will identify you)

Ensure file is legible (lyrics and notes)


  •  Attach an MP3 file of the composition (singer does not need to be the singer who would compete in the showcase recital)

If you have never made an MP3 recording, here are some instructions and free resources for doing so: or


If you are unable to make an MP3 file using the above instructions, you can upload your composition as a video file to YouTube (via a smart phone, camera, or camcorder) and then use a YouTube to MP3 Converter (free service at to create your MP3.


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