Song & Tune Competition Form

Song & Tune Competition Form

start your own revolution

2018 Illawarra Folk Festival (33rd) ANNIVERSARY

2017 Competition Winners - CLICK HERE TO SEE THE RESULTS.

"Start your own revolution, cut out the middleman." - Billy Bragg (from Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards)

Entries close 30 November 2017

Calling all songwriters and tune writers!  The Illawarra Folk Festival invites all songwriters and musicians residing in Australia to enter our 33rd Anniversary song contest - START YOUR OWN REVOLUTION! Generously sponsored by our friends at APRA AMCOS!

Australian composers of all ages will be able to submit new compositions with a reference, connection, theme or title related to 'Start Your Own Revolution'.

How you include the theme is entirely up to you, as long as it's obvious enough for the judges to recognise it!  Depending on the category, submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Lyrics (excludes songs that do not have lyrics)
  • Melody
  • Arrangement
  • Overall likeability

Entry is free. All entries must be received no later than the closing date of 30 November 2017.

There will be 4 categories:

  1. Open Song Section – 1st prize $300, 2nd prize $150
  2. Open Tune Section – 1st prize $300, 2nd prize $150
  3. Youth (U25) Song Section – 1st prize $200
  4. Youth (U25) Tune Section – 1st prize $200


  • Fill in the form below
  • Provide a link to the recorded file of your song/ tune in the form
  • Email the Lyrics in WORD/PDF format where required to
  • There is no limit on the number of songs or tunes you may submit but do a separate form for each entry.
  • Entry into the Competition is free and is open to all Australian amateur and professional songwriters

Further enquiries with Illawarra Folk Festival Director, David De Santi,

Provide for Youth (U25) category entrants only.
Provide a brief description of how the song / tune is related to the 'Start Your Own Revolution' theme.
I will send the lyrics / music sheet via a Word or PDF style document to
I hereby declare that the material submitted does NOT contain any sample/s taken from any existing copyright work or any other performers on your recording (including mixing or production).
I hereby agree that if my song or tune is selected as a winner, the organiser shall have permission to use the song, as well as the entrant’s name for future advertising and publicity purposes in connection with the competition, as well as on the APRA|AMCOS website and through our social media channels without additional compensation.
Select the category you are entering.
Provide details about how you heard about the competition.

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