January 18, 2020
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UK Unsigned Songwriter Contest – DATES Released !!

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Heats begin 26 Sept   – 72 SONGWRITERS SELECTED  – Yes out of approximately 1000 songs .. 72 of the best songs have been selected for the 12 live Regional Heats of #TheNextBigSongwriter competition which will take place later this month .

The Heats and venue dates are now released 

And 72 Songwriters are celebrating as their songs are selected for the Regional Heats of the UK Unsigned Songwriter Competition to find The Next Big Songwriter.

Amongst the lucky shortlisters are : Megan Farnfield,  Elizsabeth Jerjan , ‘SongsDaveWrote and Jasmin Jones and also includes Michelle Matthew, Jo Beaniestudios, Stephanie Short, Luciano Arcari and Miss Elisabeth Valentine .

UK Unsigned Songwriter - Some of the Selected Entrants

UK Unsigned Songwriter – Some of the Selected Entrants

OTHER TALENTED CONTESTANTS INCLUDE.. Bernii Carr , Influence, Laura Parfitt, Pilots at Sea, Twin Monarch, James Partridge, Sam & Sorely, Charlotte Lee, Cariss Auburn, Steve Morano, Adam Fowler Watt, Laura Greaves, Mick Evans Songs, James Rowland, Joni Fuller, Bisola, Felix Black, Chromatone, Laurence Wood Trio, Gracie Falls, Leao ( Storm Ballantine) Kalon Rae, Dave Hutchinson, Katie Rose Bennett, Emma Ballantine, Christina Boonstra, Louise Quasie-Woode, Jim Delbridge, Megan D, Georgie, Alx Green, Natalie Taylor Gray, Paul Martin Buckley, Sam Got ley, Jane Thomas Turnbull,  Katrina Monis – more to be announced


VENUES ARE Caffe NERO Coffee Houses around the UK  in Hove,  Bristol, Birmingham,  Liverpool, Edinburgh and back in the south Croydon and several venues in London including one Semi Final at YAMAHA MUSIC LONDON FLAGSHIP STORE in SOHO and the Grand Final at PIANOWORKD Farringdon, events begin at 7pm in the evenings at these locations ..

  • Regional Heats
  • Mon 26th Sept – 75 George St HOVE BN3 3YE
  • Tue 27th Sept –  Unit102/104 The Horsefair BRISTOL BS1 3JX
  • Wed/Thu 28/29 Sept – 8/9 Lower Temple St BIRMINGHAM B2 4JD
  • Fri 30th Sept – Unit2 Myrtly/Catherine St LIVERPOOL L8 7NL
  • Sat 1st Oct – 43/45 Lothian Rd EDINBURGH EH1 2JD
  • Sun 2nd Oct 26/28 Piccadilly LONDON W1J 0DJ
  • Mon 3rd Oct – !a St Giles High St. COVENT GARDEN WC2H 8AG
  • Tue 4th Oct – 93 George St. CROYDON CR0 1LD
  • Wed 5th Oct – & Jamestown Rd CAMDEN NW1 7BY
  • Thu 6th Oct – 75 Upper St ISLINGTON N1 0NU
  • Fri 7th Oct –  26/28 Piccadilly LONDON W1J 0DJ
  • Mon 17TH Oct – Unit2 Myrtle/Catherine St LIVERPOOL
  • Tue 18th Oct – YAMAHA MUSIC LONDON 152-160 WARDOUR St SOHO W1F 8YA
  • Sun 30th Oct PIANO WORKS 113/117 Farringdon Rd FARRINGDON EC1R 3BX

Organised by The Songwriting Academy  in association with Caffe Nero Yamaha and Nordoff Robbins, the music therapy charity, the UKUNSIGNEDSONGWRITER competition will not only raise funds for this worthy cause, but will also provide one very talented individual with a raft of top quality prizes including a week in Andalucía at a Songwriting Retreat courtesy of @lovesongwriting .



The Songwriting Academy Andalucian Songwriting retreat is one of the most #AWESOME experiences a songwriter can ever have according to recent visitors who spent a week in the sunshine writing in collaborative groups and performing their works daily.

A simple vocal with guitar or keyboard accompaniment is all that was required.

12 Heats will Take Place around the UK from Sep26 with a Grand Final on Oct 30th

There are lots of places to enjoy the music..check out the website for info

LIVE AT Caffe Nero with finals at ThePianoWorks Farringdon on October 30th 


ThePianoWorks as a venue is no stranger to #Songwriters. Open mic nights and showcase evenings are a regular part of their entertainment schedule and it makes for an excellent outing if you enjoy contemporary and original music.

All profits go to charity – prize donations from Yamaha and the songwriting academy


A Charitable Organisation which promotes the use of music as a therapy. A very worthwhile cause which helps both adults and children alike . 


@YamahaMusicLDN is providing some of it’s #AWESOME  world renowned equipment as part of a prize package valued at approximately  £6,000 …

Good Luck from Songwriter News to Everyone who has entered !!

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