Bell Media Songwriter’s Challenge

The Challenge is an opportunity for songwriters across the province of Newfoundland and Labrador to hone their skills via a series of engaging workshops and panels with renowned industry professionals. The two-day event culminates in a Songwriters’ Circle that is open to the public on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

For the 2017 edition of the MusicNL/Bell Media Songwriting Challenge, MusicNL welcomes Toronto-based Songwriter/Producer/Musician Rob Wells and Singer/Songwriter Shobha. MusicNL also welcomes workshop leaders Chris Ledrew and Mallory Johnson to the challenge.

Marquita Walsh, of Streel, says, “I feel very lucky to have worked with Rob and Shobha. Their workshop was creative, supportive, and challenging. I left feeling confident and inspired about songwriting and with a brand new pop tune that I was super proud to have worked on. They are wicked!!” Past participants in the challenge have benefited greatly from the experience. St. John’s singer-songwriter Kellie Loder called the 2015 edition “life-changing,” and says it allowed her to realize her own potential as a songwriter.

Aspiring songwriters throughout Newfoundland and Labrador are invited to take part in the 2017 Songwriting Challenge. A panel of judges will review applications, as space is limited. Applicants should send a demo, bio and short essay on why they should be chosen to Click here to download the Bell Media Canadian Songwriting Challenge 2017 application form. An application fee of $50 should accompany the application. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 5 at 5:00pm.

Submissions are open to MusicNL members and the general public. If chosen, participants will have to be a MusicNL member at time of the event. Become a member at


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Contact Rebekah Robbins at 754-0533 or