On Song

Are you a school student in regional Queensland who loves to write and perform your own music? Queensland Music Festival wants to hear from you!

On Song provides primary and secondary school songwriters in regional* areas of Queensland the opportunity to develop and showcase your talent and skills. Send us your best original song and you could win a unique songwriting experience to help you learn the ropes of the industry and find your voice as a singer-songwriter.

Some of Queensland’s finest songwriters have come from remote and regional towns – and we want to find the next generation.

So, what are you waiting for? Get singing, strumming, writing and recording!


How do you get involved? It’s easy! Just submit a video of yourself performing one of your original songs and fill out the online application form “Apply for On Song“.


Five finalists will be selected by QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan & award-winning singer-songwriter Jack Carty to participate in a unique workshop and performance program.


  • Five young singer-songwriters will win a mentorship with Australian musician Jack Carty, including two Skype workshops and a two-day songwriting intensive in July in each finalist’s hometown.
  • At the end of each two-day workshop, a concert will be presented in the finalist’s home town to premiere the new material written by the young artist, alongside local school ensembles, plus Jack Carty will perform a set of his own fantastic songs.
  • To help the young songwriters continue to capture and share their music with the world, each finalist will also receive a RØDE NT-USB Microphone.
  • A huge opportunity to perform with Jack Carty at QPAC in Brisbane will also be awarded to two of the finalists. Queensland Music Festival will pay flight and accommodation costs for each performer and a guardian to travel to and from Brisbane in July for the performance.


Jack Carty is a truly gifted songsmith and recipient of the biennial APRA Professional Development Award. Over the past year, Carty has toured nationally with Darren Hanlon, Ingrid Michaelson and good friend Josh Pyke; performed his own hugely successful run of shows; and undertaken two tours in the UK and Europe, taking in cities from Brighton to Berlin, and Spain’s famous Primavera Sound Festival. In 2017 Carty will tour Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the release of his newest album, Home State.

Jack Carty also grew up in a small regional town called Bellingen in NSW and understands the challenges and lack of opportunities for young songwriters living in regional areas.

*Please refer to terms and conditions regarding your eligibility. Check the school exclusion zones here.

For any further questions, you can contact us at onsong@qmf.org.au.

Entries close 5pm Friday 7 April 2017 – Deadline extended due to the impact of Cyclone Debbie



  • You must submit your entry by 5pm Friday 7 April 2017 – Deadline extended due to the impact of Cyclone Debbie
  • You may submit on your own or with a co-writer
  • You must write and perform your own original song for submission
  • Submissions must be provided in a video format, as a Dropbox link or a link to a Vimeo video
  • Your song should be 2–5 minutes in length
  • For any further questions, you can contact us at onsong@qmf.org.au or (07) 3010 6600


  • Entrants must be enrolled school students (P– 12) attending primary or secondary school in regional or remote Queensland (This excludes Brisbane City, Redland City, Logan City, Ipswich City, Gold Coast City, Moreton Bay Regional, Sunshine Coast Regional and Noosa Shire). Check here to see which shire you are located in.
  • Applicants agree to allow QMF to publicise each winner’s name and town, and publish photography, video/audio recordings of each finalist’s home town and Brisbane performance (if relevant).
  • If selected to perform at the Brisbane QPAC show, songwriters must be available to travel to Brisbane with a guardian on Friday 28 July, 2017.
  • For finalist duos, both participants will be involved in the mentorship and performance experience and, if selected, both participants will receive paid travel and accommodation for the Brisbane performance.


On Song is presented by Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane City Council


Major partners


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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Playing Queensland Fund.

Entries close 31 March 2017

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