Mandopop songwriting festival SG:SW I Write The Songs returns with its 2021 open call

It’s the fifth iteration of SG:SW I Write The Songs, and the mandopop songwriting festival is back for another round of talent scouting—featuring Roy Li and Taiwan’s Rachel Ding as this year’s internationally acclaimed mentors.

Offering locals a chance to be mentored and professionally recorded, SG:SW 2021’s Open Call for submissions takes place now till Jul 18.

Organised by the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS), Ocean Butterflies Music (OB Music), and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), SG:SW 2021 will be an entirely digital festival.

Out to uncover and groom the next hit maker, SG:SW now affords greater accessibility and visibility as a digital affair. Local aspiring artists can seize this opportunity to showcase their works and lead the charge in heralding a new generation of music creatives to a wider audience.

, Mandopop songwriting festival SG:SW I Write The Songs returns with its 2021 open call
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Singaporeans, PRs, and foreigners with valid long-term visas are welcome to enter, as long as entrants are born on or before Dec 31, 2006. Demos must be submitted as MP3 files no larger than 10MB, along with compulsory submission of lyrics in PDF format.

All submissions are only accepted through their official page. Entrants are allowed to be associated with a maximum of three sets of lyrics and three sets of melody each. More on the festival’s rules and regulations available here.

SG:SW also supports multi-cultural expressions and encourages compositions that incorporate elements of Singapore’s different ethnic groups. Entries are only required to have 50 percent of their lyrics in Mandarin, and are otherwise free to explore different manners of including our other languages and cultures. Impressive entries will even stand a chance at winning the special SCCC Xchange Award.

As this year’s ambassador, Ling Kai (singer of the iTunes phenomenon “Dumbfounded”) will also be live streaming weekly on Facebook through June and July, where she catches up with other local singer-songwriters.

More information available here.