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To enter the Music category, you can either write a song or musical composition OF NO MORE THAN 5 MINUTES. There is no theme, so judges will make their decisions based on the quality of your composition and the creative ideas within your music (rather than the professionalism of the recording), and how well your accompanying documentation supports it.

We would like all entrants to accompany their music with the following:

• A lyric sheet (if relevant) – this is essential if your piece includes any singing/words.
• A description of the piece, including what inspired you.
• How the use of instruments, arrangement, any effects or musical ideas supports your entry.
• We ask that all music submitted is original, so if you are using any samples or ideas taken from elsewhere please include the source, why you chose to use it and how it enhances your music.

To enter, upload your entry to YouTube or SoundCloud or similar social media. Complete the application form on this website and submit it to the Young Creative Awards, include the link to your music, with the completed application form and a copy of the lyrics (if it is a song), or short explanation (if it is an instrumental composition). As with all YCA categories, entries are judged within three age groups: 11-15, 16-18 and 19-24.