Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Inland Sea of Sound seeks songwriters


NOW CLOSED. Closes 4 Feb 2022. The Inland Sea of Sound is calling for song writers from the Central West to submit their original songs for an exciting new highlight of the annual Bathurst festival.

The contest is open to songwriters of any age or level of experience but they must reside in the Central West of NSW. The Central West includes the Shires of: Bathurst, Blayney, Oberon, Lithgow, Mid-Western, Cabonne, Orange, Cowra, Weddin, Forbes, Parkes, Bland & Lachlan.

Eligible songs cannot have been previously professionally recorded or released. Up to 15 of the top songs will be selected by an industry panel to be performed live during the Inland Sea of Sound festival on Wednesday 23 February 2022 at a gala event at Keystone 1889 Bathurst.

On the night the songs will be backed by a Festival band made up of 6 leading Bathurst musicians: Smith & Jones, James van Cooper, Kris Schubert, Lian Wong and James Vanderhel.
Song writers may sing their own songs (maximum of a duo) or have their songs sung by selected young LEAP (Local Emerging Artist Program) performers.

The two winning song writers, selected by the panel and by popular vote on the night, will receive a weekend studio recording package and other prizes to be announced.

There will be an online Q & A session which will take place in early January to answer questions from prospective song writers about the guidelines of the competition. Please register your interest by emailing us The closing date for submissions to the competition is 5pm Friday 4 February 2022.

Entry forms are available on the bmec website ( or by contacting

Inland Sea of Sound music festival will take place from 23-26 February 2022. Further announcements coming soon.


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