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Young songwriters unite for Song Academy competition

The popular Young Songwriter of the Year competition is set to open for entries next month, after Hammersmith schoolgirl Sophie DeMasi won the contest in 2017.

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Image caption: Image 2: Sophie DeMasi

Sophie was chosen from more than 500 entrants into the competition, and had chance to take the stage at Westfield London during a showcase of finalists. The annual competition is run by Song Academy which is based in Brook Green, Hammersmith.

Since winning the 13-18 year-old category with her song Enough for Me, Sophie has continued with her songwriting success, and even performed live at Shoreditch venue Rich Mix as part of the Freedom Fest event. Fulham-based Zachary Zbar was the winner of the age 8-12 category last year, with his song My Light.

The international competition is the brainchild of Rowena Atkins, who is the founder of Song Academy, which runs classes and workshops for young people across west London, including Hammersmith & Fulham.

Now in its seventh year, the competition boasts a prestigious judging panel, which has included influential songwriters and music producers such as Tom Odell, Rumer, Stormzy and Adele producer Fraser T Smith, and Jamie Theakston, and will this year include Robbie Williams’ songwriter, Guy Chambers.

“We provide a golden opportunity for aspiring young songwriters to get their songs heard by some of the best songwriters and stand out in the music industry,” explained Rowena.  “We offer the opportunity to perform in a live showcase in London, win some great prizes and connect with other young people as part of our vibrant community of songwriters.”

Budding songwriters can enter up to five songs in categories covering those aged 13-18, 8-12, or international entries. The competition will open on 1 February, with the deadline for entries on 8 April. Find out more at:

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Image caption: Image 3: Song Academy at Westfield in White City

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