'It’s All About Your Topline' - Songwriting Competition

 
 
There are songs which can pull us through the most difficult times, with lyrics which fade into our dreams, helping us to accept life as it is. We feel connected to the artist and their experience and, although we might be far away, we no longer feel alone.

We spoke to some of our songwriter friends, including our Chief Creative Advisor Nile Rodgers, about their writing being a form of autotherapy, a process of accepting their own vulnerability. And collectively we decided to give you a unique opportunity to have a chance to work with them on your next track. We want to hear more good songs, created with the tools you have available to you right now. We want to hear you and we want you to be heard.
 

Win a feedback session with Nile Rodgers, Poo Bear, Jamie Scott or Giorgio Tuinfort!

For the next seven days, we are inviting songwriters, artists and producers to record their originally written songs on Topline, our free songwriting app, and submit alongside their name, country and track title.

These submissions will then be shortlisted by a team of Abbey Road Studios engineers before moving onto a hand-picked a panel of judges, consisting of some of our closest songwriting collaborators and friends including our own Chief Creative Advisor Nile Rodgers and three of his favourite songwriters: Jamie Scott (One Direction, Rag’n’Bone Man, Rudimental & Jess Glynne), Giorgio Tuinfort (David Guetta, Rihanna, Sia, Ariana Grande & Whitney Houston) and Poo Bear (Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish & Mariah Carey). Each judge will choose a winner from the shortlist and work with them during a 30-minute online feedback session.

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Judging Panel

 

Shortlisting Panel

Our Abbey Road engineers will shortlist a maximum of 5-8 songs for each judge to review. The panel includes Daniel Hayden (Recordist), Chris Parker (Assistant Engineer), Andy Maxwell (Assistant Engineer), Alex Wharton, (Mastering Engineer) and Oli Morgan, (Mastering Engineer).

 
 

The Prize

Each of the four winners will win a 30-minute feedback session via online video conference, organised and provided by Abbey Road.

Each judge will choose their own winner based on the criteria of originality, invention and artistic values of the submitted song.

The winners’ songs and judges’ feedback will be streamed on Abbey Road’s Instagram channel. https://www.instagram.com/abbeyroadstudios/.

How To Enter

  1. Apply To The Competition

Please fill in the form here and accept the competition rules. You will receive an automated response asking you to then send your track to apps@abbeyroad.com.

  1. Submit Your Track

Once you've submitted the form, send a recording of a new song originally written and performed by yourself to apps@abbeyroad.com. Where possible please record your song using the Abbey Road app Topline.

  1. Winners Announced

Each judge will choose their own winner based on the criteria of originality, invention and artistic values of the submitted song.

Each of the four winners will win a 30-minute feedback session via online video conference, organised and provided by Abbey Road.

 
 

Record your entry with Topline

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For everyone who needs to capture song ideas, create rapid demos or sing on top of imported tracks, this intuitive app is the perfect free tool.

We are in the process of making Topline globally available, so if you can't find it on the App Store or Google Play Store, please let us know through the form below.

Now available on iOS and Android.

 

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Do you need support with your entry? Get in touch below

apps@abbeyroad.com


 

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