Fancy being part of an international student songwriters competition and winning some cool digital production software?? 

ICMP are proud to be hosting a very special songwriting competition open to students from a range of our prestigious international partner schools


Students competing in the competition will have their submissions heard by an international industry panel, offering entrants international exposure for their original music.

For the winners, we’ve teamed up with the incredible software manufacturers at IK Multimedia to sponsor the competition! IK Multimedia have generously donated 3 professional software bundles offering the winners a vast selection of tools to enhance and elevate their music to industry release standard.   

The competition is open throughout the month of March, exclusively to students from our international partner schools...

IK Total Studio Max

Prize! Total Studio 3 Max worth €600 

Three talented songwriters will win the amazing Total Studio 3 Max software bundle from IK Multimedia. With a massive 143 included products, Total Studio 3.5 MAX covers every stage of music production: composing, producing, designing, mixing, mastering, and playing. 

How to enter

Submitting your song to our international panel of judges is simple. You have a month to submit your track, the competition is open to all genres of music and there's no minim/maximum length for your composition. Our only stipulations are that it is an original composition and not a cover. 


The competition is open throughout March 2022.

The deadline for entries is: 31st March  

Judging will take place during the first two weeks of April and the winners will be announced in the final week of April.

Submit your song

Your Judges

judge-ace.jpg Ace

Ace is Head of Industry Partnerships and business development at ICMP London. Ace is also the guitarist of UK band Skunk Anansie, who have extensively toured the world and released records for the past 25 years. 

judge-brocke-hoch.jpg Robert Keßler 
Robert is Professor for Guitar & Ensemble and Head of Study Program on the BA Music Production and the BMus Popular Music programmes at SOPA Berlin (SRH). As a professional guitarist, composer and recording artist, Robert has released a number of solo albums and worked and toured with various national and international artists over the past 20 years.

judge-brocke-hoch.jpg Diego Maggi
Diego is a Programme Leader at CPM Music Institute, Italy. Over the years he's worked with Elio and Le Storie Tese, Dargen d’Amico, Verdena, Paola & Chiara, Haiducii and many others. He is composer and musical director who has worked on ceremonies and major international events including EXPO 2015, XI Paralympic Games in Sochi (Russia), Asian Games in Jakarta, FIFA Best Award, Dubai 2017 World Cup, F1 Milan Festival.

lelio padovani Lelio Padovani
Lelio is a co-founder, and currently Director, of L'Accademia where he teaches guitar, ensemble classes and songwriting. He has a long career in teaching guitar at several major Italian music schools, composed soundtracks for video and movies and released a number of solo albums.

Markus Gottschlich VMI Markus Gottschlich
Markus is a pianist, composer and Steinway Artist serving as a juror for the Vienna Music Institute, where he is also the Programme Leader for Music Business. Markus has performed, toured and recorded with numerous Grammy Award winning artists over the past two decades. He's also directed notable music nonprofits and jazz festivals in Florida, New Mexico and New Jersey. 

Submit your song



  • This competition is open exclusively to current students from the following schools: ICMP (UK), VMI (Austria), LACM Los Angeles, L’Accademia (Italy), CPM Music Institute (Italy), The Hub Academy (Italy), Drumtrainer (Germany), Malmö Academy of Music, and SRH (Germany). Alumni or externals won’t be able to enter the competition. 
  • This Competition opens at 12 noon on Tuesday 1st March 2022. Closing date for receipt of entries is midnight on Thursday 31st March 2022. Any entries received after the closing time will not be eligible. Winners will be announced on or before April 30th, 2022.  
  • To enter the competition, students need to submit their original track and details via ICMP's submission form on this page. The track will be submitted as a link. This can be a link to Soundcloud, Spotify, or any cloud service (Google Drive, OneDrive, etc). 
  • The Entrant must be the writer, or a co-writer of the song entered under their name. 
  • Only original songs are allowed, whether released or unreleased. No covers will be accepted as entries. ICMP welcome any genres or styles. 
  • Contestants may only submit one original song into the competition. 
  • No rights or permissions to use the tracks will be retained by ICMP or any of the other institutions involved.  
  • At the close of the competition, three entrants will be chosen by a panel of judges (professional songwriters from each institution) to win a full software Licence of IKmultimedia Total Studio 3 Max each (worth 600 Euros). No cash substitute will be permitted. 
  • The prizes won’t be able to be transferred to other people. 
  • The decisions of the Judging Panel will be final, and their process of decision-making will be based on the following criteria: originality, lyrics, arrangement, musicality, top line, hooks and melodies. 
  • Competition entrants’ personal details will not be shared outside the organisations and used solely to contact the participants about the competition itself. 
  • ICMP reserves the right to withdraw the prize if the winner is in breach of the competition rules.