UK Unsigned Songwriter of the Year 2016

The Songwriting Academy and Caffè Nero have launched 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 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.

What makes a great song?

We all love music, but what do we love about it the most? We want to know what makes a song great to you! Tweet us your video using #NextBigSongwriter and get our unsigned songwriters inspired to pen their next masterpiece for The UK Songwriter of the Year Competition 2016.

Hitmakers And Celebrities Come Together For Charity

Celebrities and multi-million selling songwriters are all coming together to help the competition raise money for Nordoff Robbins and the Stand Up To Cancer campaign, 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. Let’s do it!”


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