Alice Gross Memorial Song Writing Award 2018 now LIVE!

Alice Gross was a promising musician and song writer who attended Brentside Academy High 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 will be an opportunity for other young people to share their music, and gain recognition and support in reaching a musical goal.

Last years winner, Raquel Joseph from Brentside High, won the award for her song ‘Crestfallen’ which touches on the issue of depression, and what it’s like for someone suffering from it. To read the press release, click HERE.

  • Applications, via online application form, open July ’18slide-open
  • Deadline for applications: Extended to 1st December ’18
  • Winner announced: 11th January ’19

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 is announced.
  • Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.


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