Mandurah hosts youth songwriting workshop to prepare for Fairbridge Festival competition

The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre will put pens to paper this Saturday with a songwriting workshop facilitated by award-winning songwriters, Alex Turner and Lucy Peach.

The four-hour event on January 12 aims to help budding young songwriters and prospective Act-Belong-Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest participants with their song entries.

Entries have already opened for 12-18-year-olds to participate in the Fairbridge Festival Quest songwriting competition. 

Back for 2019, the folk, world and roots music original songwriting competition for young West Australians offers four chances to win an epic prize pack.

Categories include craft, performance and two age categories, 12-15 years old and 16-18 years old.

Winners will receive a live performance gig at Fairbridge Festival on Sunday, April 28; a John Butler Studio recording session voucher; an entry into the West Australian Music (WAM) Song of the Year entry; a HK Photography professional photoshoot; a WAMCon 2019 ticket; a post-final industry mentoring session from WAM; and the opportunity to sign a deal with Perfect Pitch Publishing.

Entries must be original material and include an audio file of your song/s and text document of its lyrics both submitted online.

The MPAC workshop will help prospective songwriters and those participating in the Quest focus on how to get started, writing methods and techniques used by professional songwriters, what makes a good song and how to perform it.

It will also include tips on what audiences and song competition judges look for and how to present songs to both of those audiences.

The event will run from 9am-1pm and is aimed at both beginners and emerging artists of high school age.

Anyone with an instrument is encouraged to bring it along.

For more information, or to book a place at the workshop, visit the trybooking website.

For more information about the Act-Belong-Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest songwriting competition, visit the website. Entries close on March 2, 2019.