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Musiversal’s (first)

Songwriting Competition

Wow, what an amazing competition that was! More than 200 songwriters from across the globe entered to compete with a chance to win up to $10,000. Songwriters spent 6 weeks writing and recording their songs, which displayed an incredible diversity of life experiences, geographies and genres.

With the help of our dedicated and talented roster of session musicians, our team had the pleasure of helping entrants realize their song ideas to an astonishingly professional standard, and everyone who entered should be really proud of what they managed to accomplish in such a short amount of time!

Now is the time to say Thank You so much for participating, for giving this competition your all and for trusting Musiversal to help record your music.

And the moment many of you have been waiting for has arrived - we're excited to announce the winners!

The Judges

Musiversal's Songwriting Competition winners were carefully and diligently chosen by our independent panel made up of 3 world-class judges .

Magdalena Jensen

Magdalena Jensen is the Creative Director and co-founder at Balance It Out Records.
Having worked in the European music industry, based in Poland then London, for 12+ years, Magdalena now works to develop artists as Creative Director in the label she co-founded, Balance It Out. Magdalena loves to get hands-on in the “brand” aspects of an artists career, using her training as a coach and years as an artist manager to develop a cohesive visual language, together with artists and A&Rs, to complement their music.

Magdalena has worked closely with a variety of music industry partners such as The Orchard, Keychange, EMMA, Playground Music, Le Bureau Export, Baltic Studios, Music Norway, Converse and many more. Besides that, living with a professional playlist curator means that music of all kinds is always on in the house.

Nigel Harding (VP Artist Marketing at Deezer)

Nigel Harding is the Global VP of Artist Marketing at Deezer, where he leads the global Artist Marketing team. He is responsible for developing strategies and tactics to drive listening and fan growth through artist-driven initiatives. Nigel and his team work directly with artists, labels and managers on a number of campaigns, including Deezer NEXT - an artist first program designed to support emerging artists around the world.

Stephen Budd

Stephen Budd is a director of artist and producer management company Stephen Budd Music Ltd, the OneFest Festival, of Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project and is the co-founder of the NH7 Weekender festivals in India and the DMZ Peace Train Festival in Korea.
He is a co-executive producer of Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds’ ‘Give A Home’ global concert series and created WarChild’s “Passport Back To The Bars concert series and in 2021 The Music Venues Trust Passport Back To Our Roots concert series to raise money for Covid-19 endangered live music venues.

The Winners


William Howe (Feel Good Collective) - Forever
> Listen here on Spotify


Gio Croatto - Beyond Más Allá
> Listen here on Soundcloud

Geoffrey Raines - The Happy Place
> Listen here on Spotify

Thank you to all who participated. We had hundreds of genuinely amazing songs submitted from all around the world and so many songs could have won for so many different reasons!