Music for Children

Children's music is music composed and performed for children by adults. In European-influenced contexts this means music, usually songs, written specifically for a juvenile audience. The composers are usually adults. Children's music has historically held both entertainment and educational functions. Children's music is often designed to provide an entertaining means of teaching children about their culture, other cultures, good behaviour, facts and skills. Many are folk songs, but there is a whole genre of educational music that has become increasingly popular.

The youth category is the appropriate place where music by children can be found. Otherwise we are looking for music by educators, parents, caregivers and musicians; made for kids.

Children's music can be a powerful means of encouraging cooperation, celebrating diversity and building self-esteem. In a wider sense it can help promote respect and responsibility for our environment as well as cultivating an understanding of non-violence and social justice.

There are four basic age groups that fall under this category, which are for

  • Babies,
  • Toddlers,
  • Younger children (5-8) and
  • Older children (9-12).

This is an open category incorporating all genres.

We are looking for:

  1. Strength of composition
  2. Originality
  3. Relevance to category
  4. Delivery of composition

Although recording quality and production values are not governing factors in this category, we expect a reasonable standard. A strong piece will be severely hampered either by poor delivery or recording. The winning piece will be the one which best meets these requirements.

If there are not enough entries in a category that you have entered to go ahead you will be contacted and given the choice receive a refund or if we can successfully contact you by the 9th of September 2017 we will offer you the opportunity to enter the same song into a different category that meets the criteria.