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2020 Student Songwriting Competition



$500 AND record your song at a studio accompanied by a Music Academy professional band!



Click Here to Download Entry Form and Rules


Entry fees -  There is a non-refundable, $35 fee per entry, maximum of 3 entries per person.

Deadline -  Entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2020.

Ages -  Contest is open to students ages 12-17 (by September 21, 2020) who live on Long Island.

Songs -  All entries must be an original work that has not been previously recorded. Songs must be written and submitted by an individual or a team of two (maximum) songwriters . Songs must not exceed five (5) minutes in length.

Format -  Songs must have lyrics and should be submitted in the form of sheet music with notated melody and accompanying chords. A chord chart with notated lyrics is preferred but a lyric sheet accompanying the recording will be accepted. Submission does not need to be a professional quality recording but should be clear and easy to understand.

What to send -  All entries must be mailed or dropped off in person to the Music Academy of Garden City. Entries must contain a digital recording of the original song on USB drive as well as accompanying sheet music.  CDs will not be accepted. Flash drives will not be returned.

Entries should be mailed to:

Music Academy of Garden City

ATTN: Student Song Writing Contest

32 Nassau Blvd South

Garden City, NY 11530


All entries will be judged by an independent panel of professional musicians and song writers. All submissions will be treated in a fair manner.


Winners will be announced via email and on our website ( and Facebook page ( on Monday, September 21, 2020. The Grand Prize Winner will have his or her song recorded at a local recording studio accompanied by the professional staff of the Music Academy. This will include 2 hours of studio time to record the composition. Winner will receive a final edited version of their song to use as they wish after the contest ends and winner retains the rights to their composition. The winner will also be announced on our various social media platforms as well as in the Garden City News. All applicants allow the Music Academy of Garden City, Inc., to use their likeness, image, and name in press releases, print, and online as it relates to the song writing contest.


Contest is open to students between 12 and 18 years old. Students must be attending high school in September of 2020 to be eligible.  The Music Academy reserves sole discretion in choosing a winner, and will not provide feedback regarding submissions. A mutually convenient time will be arranged for the recording of the winning composition, and each winner will receive a check from the Music Academy for their winning entries. Contest is closed to family members of Music Academy faculty and staff members.


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