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.

Closing date for entries for the 2019 Awards is Friday September 27.

2019 Young Composers Awards Posterhere. Entry Formhere

Young Composers Award Concert – to be held Monday 25th November, 2019.

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

2019 Young Composers Music Camp – 3-day non-residential Composing camp was held at Scotch College, July 17-19. Working with professional composers – Mark Ferguson, Sidney Millar, and Chelsea Lee. Details and Registration form available here.

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


The competition operates in two main categories: SCHOOL CATEGORY and ADVANCED CATEGORY, and for the third year in a row, there is a non-residential Composing camp being planned during the second week of the July school holidays in 2019.

SCHOOL CATEGORY for composers 18 years and under on January 1, 2019.

  • 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, 2019.

  • 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 2019 ASME YCA are yet to be confirmed. Many thanks to the invaluable support from our sponsors for the ASME Young Composers Awards for 2018:

Size Music (major sponsor)


Credit Union SA

Derringers Music


Presto Music

Winston Music

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

2018 Composing Camp Registration Form – here

2018 Composing Camp poster – here

Report and results of 2017 YCA – here 

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