Songwriters @ The Rocks
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Songwriters @ The Rocks

Visit The Rocks this June to discover Sydney’s most exciting up-and-coming musical talent, soak in the live music vibes and be the first to hear original music.
25 May 2021
20 Jun 2021


This original singer songwriter competition is all about giving locals a chance to see Sydney’s freshest, most exciting musical talent live before they make it big, providing a unique opportunity for singer songwriters to showcase their talent.


Songwriters @ The Rocks will bring Australia’s next big artists to The Rocks for a series of live performances across two days on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 June.

Watch the top singer songwriters battle it out at our Songwriters @ The Rocks showcases as they compete to make it to our live stage on Sunday 20 June 2021. The performance venues will include Sydney’s most atmospheric heritage laneways and pubs:

Friday 18 June (5pm - 8.30pm)
George St 
Terrace Tayim
The Orient 
The Mercantile Hotel 

Saturday 19 June (1pm - 4.30pm)
George St 
Jack Mundey Place
The Orient
The Argyle
The Mercantile Hotel 

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The grand finale

The epic conclusion of Songwriters @ The Rocks will happen live at First Fleet Park on Sunday 20 June from 1pm - 4pm. The Top Four singer songwriters have been announced:

Anna Therese
Anna Buckingham (BOI)
Tom Southey 
Mariam Sawires

They will be joined by two of Australia’s established music talent, including Phil Jamieson and Boo Seeka (acoustic). 

The winner of Songwriters @ The Rocks will be crowned as the next big thing in Australian original music and win a share of an exclusive prize pool.

People under 18 are allowed in the concert area as long as they are with a responsible adult.

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Profile Artists

Catch some of Australia's favourite artists perfom in The Rocks.

The Prize

The winner will receive a prize up to the value of $15,000, including: 
1.    The Grove Studios Academy - 1 Day Studio 1 - $1200 + GST, 1 Day Engineer - $ 400 + GST, 1 x Mix - $1200, Total - $2800 + gst. 
2.    White Sky Accounting - Royalty / Artist Accounting consult + Tour Tracks tour budgeting software one subscription - $2000
3.    Afends - $500 wardrobe 
4.    Mr Simple - $1000 wardrobe  
5.    Sound Merch - $500 artist merch production. 
6.    Matty Woo - Pistol MGMT - Single / EP release mentoring. $7000
7.    Nandos - Vouchers - $400 for winner and $200 for each runner up - Total $1200


A handpicked selection of the local music industry’s biggest names will be roaming The Rocks to judge each performance.


APRA AMCOS is a key business partner to Australasian music creators. The music rights management organisation represents 108,000 members who are songwriters, composers and music publishers. APRA AMCOS licenses organisations to play, perform, copy or record members’ music, and distributes royalties to members.

As a world-leading organisation invested in the future of music, APRA AMCOS enables music creators and customers to maximise the value music brings to business and life. This is achieved through a simple and effective licensing framework, and providing holistic industry support – from education, to live music, export, creators’ rights advocacy and recognition through a high profile awards and events program.