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WRITING MUSIC AND GETTING YOUR MUSIC HEARD

Enjoy writing music? Get the opportunity to get your music heard by music industry professionals.

Do you enjoy writing music? Get your music heard by the right people by performing to music industry judges. Previous Future Music competition judges have included record label A&R from Sony Music, Warner Music Group and Universal Music, as well as national radio DJs, regional press and BBC Introducing, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses.

Are you talented at writing music? Enter the song writing competition now!

HOW TO GET YOUR WRITING MUSIC HEARD – THE MUSIC INDUSTRY JUDGES

At each performance date in the competition a panel of music industry judges are chosen who reflect an assortment of music genres, techniques and professional interests to ensure a credible scoring system is provided for all the performing acts. The judges’ role is to identify which songs have the potential to be signed as a hit song. 

Enjoy writing music and want to get it heard? Enter the song writing competition and you could be performing in front of these judges:

Mark Hill


Mark Hill - Ivor Novello award winner

Mark Hill

Mark Hill - Ivor Novello award winner

Mark Hill, an Ivor Novello award winner, British recording artist, songwriter and record producer, is particularly known as one half of the successful Garage duo the Artful Dodger. Mark Hill, an Ivor …

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Alex Baker


Alex Baker - Kerrang! Radio

Alex Baker

Alex Baker - Kerrang! Radio

Alex Baker from Kerrang! Radio is a DJ, TV and radio presenter for Kerrang! Radio, Kerrang! TV, Planet Rock Radio and 4Music. He also writes for Front Magazine and is the music man for Monster Energy Drink. …

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Order: 2

James Meadows


Universal Music’s James Meadows

James Meadows

Universal Music’s James Meadows

Universal Music’s James Meadows has been a musician for over 10 years having toured with the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, The Ordinary Boys and The Subways. Following this Universal Music& …

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Order: 3

Gareth Henderson


Gareth Henderson

Gareth Henderson

Studio Engineer and Producer

Studio engineer and producer, Gareth Henderson, has been involved in the music scene for over 25 years and it’s far more of a passion than a career. Gareth Henderson's dream became a reality in …

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Order: 4

Layla Manoochehri


Layla Manoochehri from Sony Music

Layla Manoochehri

Layla Manoochehri from Sony Music

Layla Manoochehri from Sony Music has worked in the music industry for over 15 years. Layla started her career as an international songwriter, where she worked and toured  with artists …

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Order: 4

Laurence Hobbs


Songwriter and Producer Laurence Hobbs

Laurence Hobbs

Songwriter and Producer Laurence Hobbs

Laurence Hobbs is songwriter and producer signed to Notting Hill and 23rd Precinct Music.

Laurence Hobbs - Songwriter and Producer

As a writer and producer Laurence Hobbs has written with …

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Order: 6

Winston Sela


Songwriter and Producer Winston Sela

Winston Sela

Songwriter and Producer Winston Sela

Winston Sela is a songwriter, producer, music consultant and independent music publisher from WSMusic and has had numerous Top 10 singles.

Winston Sela - Songwriter and Producer

Winston Sela …

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Order: 7

Ras Kwame


Choice FM DJ Ras Kwame

Ras Kwame

Choice FM DJ Ras Kwame

Choice FM DJ Ras Kwame’s knowledge and influence on the UK music scene is undisputed, and he is renowned for being a leader in representing the UK urban scene, and encouraging the UK’s new music …

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Order: 7

Si Hulbert


Si Hulbert, music producer

Si Hulbert

Si Hulbert, music producer

Si Hulbert, music producer, is a multi-platinum music producer, DJ and songwriter, who has written and produced tracks for huge acts including One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Professor Green, Flo Rida and the …

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Order: 10

Chris Grayston


Chris Grayston

A&R Music Consultant 

Chris Grayston is a freelance music consultant for aspiring singers and acts and is also employed regularly as an A&R scout by Sony Music Entertainment and Thames television.

Music Consultant

A& …

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Songwriting Tips

  • GUITAR TECHNIQUES


    GUITAR TECHNIQUES

    Guitar techniques on using dynamics.

    Guitar Techniques: Knowing how to use guitar techniques and dynamics is essential to performers as these can help to spice up your playing, and also your songwriting. Using guitar techniques …

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  • SONG STRUCTURE FOR SONGWRITERS


    Song Structure for Songwriters 

    Song structure tips help you to focus your song effectively

     

    Song Structure for Songwriters: So you want to write a hit song? Deciding upon your song structure is one of the most important judgments to …

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  • MUSICAL DYNAMICS


    MUSICAL DYNAMICS

    Varying musical dynamics whilst singing

     

    Musical Dynamics: Tips on how a songwriter can use musical dynamics to enhance their performance. Musical dynamics are a tool that all singers can use to prevent their performance …

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  • PERFORMING SONG COVERS


    PERFORMING SONG COVERS

    How to perform song covers originally

     

    Performing Song Covers: If you are struggling for inspiration to write songs, you may consider choosing song covers instead. This is obviously a big risk to take, so before you …

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  • PLANNING A MUSIC EVENT


    PLANNING A MUSIC EVENT

    Planning a music event before, during and after.

     

    Planning a Music Event: Promotion is one of the most important factors of a music event. Knowing how to successful promote when planning a music event is essential for …

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  • GUITAR PLAYING - WARM UPS


    GUITAR PLAYING - WARM UPS

    Information about guitar playing warm ups 

     

    Guitar Playing Warm Ups: The most underrated part of playing but perhaps one of the most crucial is guitar warm up. Carrying out a guitar playing warm ups routine …

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  • TIPS ON PLAYING GUITAR


    TIPS ON PLAYING GUITAR

    Tips to help you when performing and playing guitar

     

    Tips on Playing Guitar: Playing guitar whilst performing can throw off even the most experienced of performers so you will maybe have to have the mindset as if you& …

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Songwriting Feedback

  • MANCHESTER SONGWRITING COMPETITION


    MANCHESTER SONGWRITING COMPETITION

    Songwriters came to showcase their songs at the Manchester Songwriting Competition

    Manchester Songwriting Competition: Songwriters from the Manchester came to performance in front of industry judges this …

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  • SONGWRITING TIPS – GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK


    SONGWRITING TIPS – GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK

    Songwriting Tips from the Winners Songwriting Competition Grand Final.

    Songwriting Tips: Future Music’s Songwriting Competition Grand Final took place this weekend at the world-renowned music …

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  • SONGWRITING CONTEST– GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK


    SONGWRITING CONTEST– GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK

    2015 Songwriting Contest Feedback from the Runners Up Songwriters Grand Final.

    Songwriting Contest: Future Music’s Songwriting Contest Grand Final took place this weekend at the world- …

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  • READING UK SONGWRITING CONTEST


    READING UK SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Songwriter's feedback provided at the Reading UK Songwriting Contest

    Reading UK Songwriting Contest: Future Music’s songwriting competition came to Sub89 in Reading this weekend for the Reading UK songwriting …

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  • SOUTHAMPTON SONGWRITING CONTEST


    SOUTHAMPTON SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Songwriter's feedback is provided at the Southampton songwriting contest

    Southampton Songwriting Contest: Talented songwriters came to The Engine Rooms in Southampton this weekend for the Southampton songwriting …

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  • MANCHESTER SONGWRITING CONTEST


    MANCHESTER SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Songwriters came to showcase their songs at the Manchester Songwriting Contest

    Manchester Songwriting Contest: Songwriters from the Manchester came to perform on stage this weekend to showcase their songwriting …

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  • SHEFFIELD SONGWRITING CONTEST


    SHEFFIELD SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Feedback was provided for songwriter’s at the Sheffield Songwriting Contest

    Sheffield Songwriting Contest: The best songwriters in the Sheffield area came to perform at the Sheffield Songwriting Contest. The …

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Songwriting Contest News

  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN LIVERPOOL


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN LIVERPOOL

    The largest search for UK songwriters comes to Liverpool.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Liverpool: The largest search for UK songwriters is coming to Liverpool. The UK Songwriting Contest in Liverpool is a brand …

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  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN READING


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN READING

    Fancy showcasing your songwriting? Check out the brand new UK Songwriting Contest!

    UK Songwriting Contest in Reading: If you are a songwriter from Reading or around the area you should check out the new UK …

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  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN MILTON KEYNES


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN MILTON KEYNES

    Calling all talented songwriters from Milton Keynes - The UK Songwriting Contest is looking for you!

    UK Songwriting Contest in Milton Keynes: The brand new UK Songwriting Contest is calling all talented …

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  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRISTOL


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRISTOL

    The new UK Songwriting Contest is coming to Bristol.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Bristol: Future Music has launched a brand new UK Songwriting Contest and it is coming to Bristol. The UK Songwriting Contest in …

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  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SHEFFIELD


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SHEFFIELD

    Future Music's brand new Songwriting Contest in Sheffield.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Sheffield: Future Music boasts an impressive list of established songwriters, and now they are looking to find the next best …

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  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SOUTHAMPTON


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SOUTHAMPTON

    The largest UK Songwriting Contest comes to Southampton.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Southampton: The company behind the discovery of many of the best songwriters, Future Music, have produced a new Songwrting …

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  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRIGHTON


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRIGHTON

    Want the chance to potentially get signed as a songwriter? Enter the UK Songwriting Contest in Brighton! 

    UK Songwriting Contest in Brighton: The brand new UK Songwriting Contest is in search for the best …

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  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN NEWCASTLE


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN NEWCASTLE

    Get your songwriting heard at the UK Songwriting Contest in Newcastle!  

    UK Songwriting Contest in Newcastle: Future Music is responsible for discovering many of the best songwriters in the UK such as: …

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