Young Composers Award

The Young Composers’ Award is an annual competition for composers established by the South Australian chapter of the Australian Society of Music Education in 1973. The Award aims to encourage and develop musical composition by both children and young adults and provides an effective platform for the performance of their works. Another important function of the Award is to produce a body of new music designed specifically for use in schools and colleges.

Enquiries:  Please direct any enquiries about the ASME (SA) Young Composers’ Award to the YCA Coordinator Ben Fuller on 0450 099 326 or by email to

Closing date for entries for the 2021 Awards – Friday September 24. Poster and Entry Form here

ASME Young Composers Awards 2021 concert – Monday November 22 – further details to follow.

ASME Young Composers and Educators Online Sessions were held on Wednesday July 7.  See article to appear in Term 3 Newsletter. Sessions featured local composers Adam Page, Nathan Cummins and Lauren McCormick. Flyer and booking information here, poster here

2020 ASME Young Composers Awards – winners are listed here.

**** 2020 ASME Young Composers Awards Online Concert held on December 7, 2020 can be viewed here or on the ASME (SA) Facebook page hereA special thank you to all participants for their submissions in the 2020 ASME Young Composers Awards, and thanks also to our generous sponsors, Size Music, Credit Union SA, Winston Music, Music EDNet, Presto Music and AUSTA. 

2020 Young Composers Awards Poster and Entry Form here.

2020 Young Composers Music Camp – due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Camp (originally planned for the Term 2 school holidays) will not be held in 2020.

The competition operates in two main categories: SCHOOL CATEGORY and ADVANCED CATEGORY, and for the fourth year in a row, there is a non-residential Composing camp being planned during the second week of the July school holidays in 2020.

SCHOOL CATEGORY for composers 18 years and under on January 1, 2020.

  • Section A: Composers in school Year R-7
  • Section B: Sequenced/Rock/Pop Year R-7
  • Section C: Composers in school Years 8-9
  • Section D: Composers in school Years 10-11
  • Section E: Composers in school Year 12
  • Section F: Rock and Popular Music with lyrics Year 8 – 12 or up to age 18
  • Section G: Sequenced, Rock/Pop Instrumental Year 8 – 12 or up to age 18
  • Section H: Arrangers in school Years 8-10
  • Section I: Arrangers in school Years 11-12

ADVANCED CATEGORY for composers 25 years and under on January 1, 2020.

  • Section J: Music for Schools Solo Instrument or Voice (accompaniment optional)
  • Section K: Music for Schools Instrumental Ensemble or Choir

Note: Music for Sections J or K can be written for any age range up to and including Year 12. Please indicate a suitable age on the score.

  • Section L: Schools Solo Instrument or Voice (accompaniment optional)
  • Section M: Ensemble or Choir
  • Section N: Electronic Music

Sponsors for 2020 ASME YCA are now confirmed. Many thanks to the invaluable support from our sponsors for the ASME Young Composers Awards for 2019:

Size Music (major sponsor)


Credit Union SA


Presto Music

Winston Music


The 2019 Young Composers Award Concert was held on 25th November, at St Mary’s College, Adelaide. Many thanks to the YCA sponsors – APRA/AMCOS, Credit Union SA, Music EdNet, Presto Music, Size Music, Winston Music.

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Above: Maddelyn Ravanelli, singer/composer. Winner of Section B (Yr R-7 – Rock, Pop) – piece entitled Be Yourself.

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Above: Katelyn Crawford, joint winner of Section L (written for schools, solo instrument or voice), piece entitled Mister Willie Wagtail.

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Above: Hamish Madden, winner of Section E (Yr 12), piece entitled Darknesse-Litany-Trisagion.

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Above: Aaron Pelle, joint winner of Section L, piece entitled Prelude in E major, and Section M, piece entitled Purgatory.

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Above: Orchestra from St Ignatius College performing Bad Guy, arranged by Lara Turner, winner of Section I (Arrangers in Schools Yr 11-12).

The 2018 Young Composers’ Award Concert was held on Monday 26th November, 2018. There is an article about this concert in the ASME (SA) e-Newsletter Term 1 2019 – see here


ASME Young composers concert 2018


Ben Fuller – YCA Coordinator

2018 Young Composers Camp – non-residential Composing camp was held at Scotch College 10-12 July.

Report and results of 2017 YCA – here 

Some photos from 2017 YCA Concert, held November 27, 2017.