Liverpool is set to host the semi-finals of the UK Unsigned Songwriter of the Year later this month.
The search for the next big song-writing talent is now underway, in a series of twelve live heats that will see the country’s finest undiscovered talent battle it out to be this year’s winner.
Launched by The Songwriting Academy, Caffè Nero, Yamaha and PRS, the UK Unsigned Songwriter of the Year 2016 is the first time the song is the star, not the singer.
Initial heats commence this month building up to the Semi Finals in Liverpool on October 17 and London the day after.
A panel of industry doyens will announce the winning songwriter at a star studded Gala at the Piano Works in Farringdon, London, on October 30.
The winning songwriter will receive over £6,000 worth of prizes that includes a twelve-month mentoring programme with The Songwriting Academy.
The winner will also tour Caffè Nero stores, culminating in a live performance at the Cornbury Festival 2017.
The competition not only seeks to support up and coming songwriters but also raise money for Stand Up to Cancer and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.
Martin Sutton, at The Songwriting Academy, which has organized the competition, said: “Behind every hit song there are talented songwriters, often unrecognised and unknown to the public.
“We want to put songwriters in the spotlight where they belong as well as support these great charities.’’
“We are also thrilled to be supporting The Songwriting Academy’s UK Unsigned Songwriter of the Year Competition for the first time.”
The competition has received a groundswell of support from industry luminaries, including Pixie Lott, Jack Savoretti, Lulu and James Blunt.
For more information, visit ukunsignedsongwriter.co.uk.