UK Unsigned Songwriter of the Year 2016

May 10, 2016, 04:00 ET from The Songwriting Academy

LONDON, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

On 10th May 2016, The Songwriting Academy and Caffè Nero are launching a groundbreaking songwriting competition to find the best unsigned songwriter in the UK and raise £50,000 for charity.

What's Different About This Competition? 

This is the first time a live, event based songwriting competition has been launched in the UK where the song is the star, not the singer. Songwriters may use session singers and musicians, and can win without singing a note!

The songwriter with the strongest songs will be the winner.  

First prize includes a 12 month development program with The Songwriting Academy, Caffè Nero and Yamaha Instruments to help the winner hit the big time, giving them the opportunity to write with some of the world's most successful songwriters and have their songs played across the UK.

How It Works 

Songwriters enter their songs online at from 10th May to 1st September, 2016. The top songwriters will be selected to showcase their songs at live regional heats across the UK in Caffè Nero stores from 26th September, culminating in a star-studded Gala Final in London on 30th October.

Hitmakers And Celebrities Come Together For Charity 

Celebrities and multi-million selling songwriters are all coming together to help the competition raise money for the Stand Up To Cancer campaign and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, who will share all profits.

"This is a great opportunity for up and coming songwriters…which are hard to come by. It is also for a great cause" -Jack Savoretti 

"The opportunity to fight cancer and uncover a new, exciting songwriting talent at the same time, is something I am definitely up for. Lets do it!" -Lulu 

About The Songwriting Academy
The Songwriting Academy is the UK's most exciting songwriting, production and music business training organisation helping songwriters succeed in today's competitive music business through the support of its team of multi million selling hit songwriters, producers and industry experts.

About Caffè Nero
Caffè Nero has supported talented grass root musicians for many years and has been instrumental in supporting the early careers of Jack Savoretti and Ivor Novello award winner, Passenger, through touring a number of their 600 UK stores and featuring on their hand picked playlist.  

About Stand Up To Cancer (UK)
Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising event from Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK. Launched in the UK in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer funds translational research, accelerating new cancer treatments and tests to UK patients to ultimately save more lives. More than £25million has been raised for Stand Up To Cancer since it launched in the UK. The Stand Up To Cancer campaign returns this year with a host of fundraising activities and programming on Channel 4.
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About Nordoff Robbins
Nordoff Robbins
is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people.
We support thousands of people in our own centres and by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals.
When delivered by a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs. It can help a child with autism to communicate, reduce anxiety for those living with dementia or provide comfort and celebrate the life of someone facing terminal illness.
Music therapy can be life-changing for so many people.

Contribution Statement
In addition to the statement below, all profits after expenses will be shared between Stand Up To Cancer and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.
The Songwriting Academy will pay a minimum of 25% (net of VAT) from the sale of each entry into the UK Unsigned Songwriter Of The Year 2016 competition to Cancer Research UK in support of the Stand Up To Cancer campaign. Stand Up To Cancer and Stand Up To Cancer Brand Marks are registered trademarks of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Cancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464), Scotland (SC041666) and the Isle of Man (1066). Cancer Research UK is registered as a company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No. 4325234. Cancer Research UK's registered address: Angel Building, 407 St John Street, London EC1V 4AD.

For Further Information, Please Contact
Martin Sutton
The Songwriting Academy - 07769 658007

SOURCE The Songwriting Academy