Ara Music Arts Songwriting Competition

Songwriting competition 2018

We’re proud to present the 2018 Ara Music Arts Songwriting Competition, in association with Music Works.

The competition encourages young people to write songs and demonstrates that it’s possible to build a career around song writing. Last year’s event attracted a good mix of styles and sounds, with 11 finalists performing solo and in bands at the prize giving show.

Entry is free and open to all Year 11, 12 and 13 students attending high school in Canterbury, and our own Music Arts students. Entries close 6 May 2018.

The prizes for 2018 are:

  • First overall - $300 plus a $200 Music Works voucher
  • First in the Secondary School category - $100 plus a $100 Music Works voucher
  • Runners Up (two) - $50 each and a $100 Music Works voucher

If your song is chosen as one of the 10 finalists, you’ll be invited to perform it at the awards show in our Music Arts auditorium on 20 May where the winner will be announced.

Download the entry form & conditions of entry

Thank you to Music Works, a long-standing musical instrument retailer with more than thirty stores around New Zealand, for their support of this event.