Inspired Writing

Songs of War is a songwriting competition sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe London in partnership with BASCA, SYNCR, and Virgin Radio.

It was launched in 2018 to inspire the UK music community in commemorating the centenary of WW1, while shining a spotlight on the need to support children forced to live with the brutality of today’s conflicts.

Over 500 songwriters applied and the winner was chosen by a panel of music industry heavyweights including:- Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Joss Stone, Mike Rutherford (Genesis), Jeremy Vine (Radio 2), Eddy Temple-Morris (Virgin Radio), Sunta Templeton (Radio X), Nicky Bignell (Head of Music BBC), Crispin Hunt (BASCA Chairman), John Giddings (Isle of Wight Festival) and Chris de Burgh.

The Lineup

The grand final took place at Hard Rock Café, Picadilly (London)
on November 29, 2018.

Watch & Listen

Judges & Prizes

The competition winner was decided by a panel of music industry experts on 29th November at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hyde Park Corner (London).


– £1,000 cash prize
– Radio support for winning song
– Recording session in Richard Branson’s family studio
– Mental wellbeing support and coaching sessions
– An annual Syncr premium membership
– Paid sync opportunities across media, film & TV

Listen: 2018 Shortlist