Alice Gross Memorial Song Writing Award 2019 now LIVE!

Alice Gross was a promising musician and song writer who attended Brentside High School and tragically lost her life in September 2014. She has been described as a loving, loyal and quirky girl, with a lively sense of comedy and a compassionate nature. She Alice Grosswas a keen musician, who wrote and sang her own songs, played the violin and piano and was learning the guitar. Alice hoped, one day, to have a career in music.

The Alice Gross Memorial Song Writing Award is to honour her memory and the love she had in music making and in song writing in particular. It is an opportunity for other young people to share their music and gain recognition and support in reaching a musical goal.

Last years’ winner, Elise McQueen from Elthorne Park High, won the award for her song ‘Mortal Souls’ which was written to depict how fragile human life is following the death of Christina Grimmie, a 22-year old singer fatally shot at one of her concerts. ‘I wanted to show in my song that despite people being taken away from us, they will always be here; as they are remembered and cherished by the people who care for them’ To read the press release, click HERE.


  • Applications, via online application form, Now OPEN!
  • Deadline for applications: 13th December 2019
  • Winner announced: Jan 2020

Award Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be a resident of or educated at a school in the London Borough of Ealing.
  • be in year 10, 11 or 12 at time of application.


  • The winner of the award will be awarded a day of recording time at a professional recording studio (British Grove Studios) to produce a studio mastered version of the winning song.
  • The prize must be redeemed within 6 months of the award being given and must be on a date agreed by the awardee and the studio.
  • The winning song may be played/performed and at a public event in Ealing (TBC)

Entry Criteria

  • Applicants may enter themselves but must have their entry signed by their parent or guardian and a member of staff from their school.
  • Applicants should submit a recorded performance of their song consisting of music and song lyrics as a digital file (MP3 or equivalent). CD’s will NOT be accepted or manuscript.
  • The song must be no more than 5 minutes in length. If a song is submitted which is longer than this it will not be accepted
  • To accompany the recording applicants should write no more than 250 word commentary on the process, influences and ideas behind the composition.
  • Song lyrics must be submitted either as a PDF or on a manuscript score. If in a language other than English, an English translation must be submitted also.
  • Shortlisted applicants will have their song available for the public to listen to on the Ealing Music Service website in the weeks leading up to the final winner being announced.
  • Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • The winner will be decided by a panel of judges and publically anounced in January 2020


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