Call out for songwriters

Sing Up Day 2023

Are you a songwriter/songwriting team, over 18 years old, and passionate about supporting singing and music making opportunities for children and young people?

Sing Up would like to commission a new song for our annual Sing Up Day celebrations. Sing Up Day has always been about schools and communities coming together to share a little singing, and Sing Up Day songs are sung by thousands of young singers and their school communities across the globe. Sing Up Day 2023 will take place in the summer term, on Wednesday 28 June 2023.  

We’re keen to hear from experienced songwriters/songwriting teams who can write well for young people, who are interested in working with us, and who may not have worked with us in the past. We would like to collaborate with songwriters that reflect the social and cultural diversity of our community of schools – the pupils and the staff. We are particularly interested to hear from those who identify as disabled, Black or from the global majority, and who may not have come through traditional music education routes. You do not have to have had any of your work published already. First and foremost, you’ll be a fantastic songwriter.

The Sing Up Day song

Sing Up Day songs are hopeful and uplifting anthems with universal themes. The song needs to be enjoyed by a broad range of children and young people and singable by children as young as 5.

Our theme for 2023 is World Voice – bringing the world together through song.

Sing Up Day songs have:  

  • Well-crafted lyrics, with appropriate language and themes that can be understood by anyone, without being ‘babyish’ or patronising. The ideal song does not have too many words.
  • A comfortable key and range, suitable for young voices.
  • A maximum length of 3 minutes.
  • A uniting, singable melody that works in unison, but has optional harmonies (simple enough for young people aged 5 – 11).
  • catchy chorus.

Particularly popular past Sing Up Day anthems, and pop/soul songs in our catalogue include:

  • Love as our guide (Sing Up Day song 2022) by Beccy Owen.
  • One and a million (Sing Up Day song 2016) by Emily Barden.
  • Blinded by your grace (Part 2) by Stormzy.
  • Count on me by Bruno Mars.
  • Lean on me by Bill Withers.
  • Nobody knows by The Lumineers.
  • Rockstar by A Great Big World.   
  • Stand by me by Ben E. King.

Submitting an Expression of Interest

If you are interested in working with us, please share your Expression of Interest by sending the following information to [email protected], using Sing Up Day song 2023 in the subject line:

  • A brief bit of information about you, your musical experiences, and your work, including one or two short samples/examples of your previous work.  
  • Tell us about an example of a song that you think is great for young people, including the reasons why you think it works well.
  • Information on how you might interpret the theme, and how you would ensure the song is child-friendly.
  • Initial thoughts/ideas/responses you might have e.g. a lyric sample, a hook, a short written concept, an audio sample of style etc.

We are happy to accept Expressions of Interest in any format you feel comfortable sharing – as video or audio recordings, for example, or as written text. We do ask that you please stick to the following file formats:

  • Videos sent as hyperlinks or mp4s.
  • Audio files sent as mp3s.
  • Written text sent as email text/PDFs/Word documents.

Deadline for sharing Expressions of Interest is 12:00, Friday 25 November 2022.


  • Deadline for EOI submission:    Fri 25-Nov-22
  • Selection process:                       Mon 28-Nov to Thurs 01-Dec-22  
  • Response to all EOIs:                  Fri 02-Dec-22

We will notify everyone of the outcome of their submission by the end of Friday 02 December 2022. We will invite the successful songwriter(s) to a video meeting to discuss the full brief on either Mon 05 or Tues 06-Dec-22.

  • First draft song delivery:    Wed 04-Jan-23
  • Final song delivery:             Wed 15-Feb-23

How we will choose

Members of Sing Up’s Learning Team will collate a shortlist from all Expressions of Interest received, which will be shared with a wider team to offer feedback and help Sing Up to choose songwriter(s) to work with for 2023.

Other information and terms


  • The song (sheet music, lyrics, audio tracks, videos) will be published on the Sing Up website. 
  • Additional resources (such as, but not limited to, the following: activity plans, assembly plans, curriculum/performance-based resources, British Sign Language and Makaton videos (teaching and performance videos)) may also be added to the suite of resources provided by the composer.

Fees available

  • Commission fee for writing the song (to be negotiated; in the region of £750 – £1,000).   
  • Additional fees available for creation and supply of other song resources (e.g. audio tracks, teaching material, video content), by negotiation.
  • Share of royalties generated via licensing schemes Sing Up participates in (e.g. CCLI and PMLL).
  • Royalties via PRS for Music, where applicable.

Rights & licensing information

  • Copyright in the song will remain with the composer, with Sing Up granted an exclusive licence to publish the song. 
  • Sing Up will retain master audio rights in the audio tracks and typographical rights in the published score(s), plus copyright in any video and written teaching materials.

Deadline for submitting Expressions of Interest is:
12:00, Friday 25 November 2022

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