Calling all young singer-songwriters, eclectic electric composers, genre-spanning songsmiths, and creative melody-makers…

The nationwide BBC Young Composer Competition 2020 is now open!

We’re looking for musically-minded young people aged 12-18 of all technical abilities, backgrounds and musical influences.

Young people who work across any genre, any instrument and any method, including those who use different means of notation.

We want to see young people who have talent and creative potential and would benefit from the opportunity to nurture their skills and showcase their talent.

Winners will participate in a tailored development programme working with a mentor composer on a project with the BBC Concert Orchestra which will be performed and broadcase in a special young composers concert at the BBC Proms in 2021. All entrants will also be offered priority booking to our Proms Weekender; an event for young musicians during the 2020 Proms season.

For more information about how to get involved and for competition entry Rules, visit our website:

Enter the BBC Young Composer competition 2020. Closing date: Thursday 11 June at 5pm.


We want to ensure all young people have the opportunity to take part and benefit from a development scheme which nurtures and showcases their original talent. Therefore, if you have any concerns regarding access or you know of barriers to entry, please get in contact with us here:

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