Arranging Competitions

National Youth Music Arranging Competition - 2023


This year, the MAGA National Youth Music Arranging Competition will feature arrangements for Choir with Piano and percussion. The winning entry will receive $AU 2,500 prize money. 

  • 1st place - $2500
  • 2nd place - $1000
  • 3rd place - $500

The competition opens on 1st Febeurary 2023 and closes 5pm AWST Friday 30th June 2023.

The Competition is not yet open. Stay tuned.

We would like to thank Hal Leonard who is our major sponsor this year!



The MAGA National Youth Music Arranging Competition is open to any music arranger(**) under the age of 30 as at 31st  July, 2023.  Current full MAGA members will not be able to apply. MAGA Certificate members are able to apply, but may not have any help from mentors.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will also be considered for complimentary three year MAGA Certificate of Merit Membership to help them work towards Full MAGA membership.

Note: Previous 1st place winners are not eligible to enter the competition for the subsequent 2 years. 

** Only Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents or Students on a Visa (Subclass 500 or Subclass 444 - NZ) are eligible to enter.

If the entry fee is not received by the closing date, then the entry will not be considered by the judging panel.


The Competition is not yet open.

1. Rules and Guidelines


  1. The arrangement will be chosen from the two songs available on Hal Leonard's website. TBC we need to see if we can get a lead sheet for the two songs from HL? (See section 4. Composer works below)
  2. Only one work can be submitted per contestant.
  3. The work must never have been published nor publicly performed.
  4. The arrangement must show creativity in accompanying the original melody.  (re-harmonisation is allowed)
  5. The arrangements must include the copyright information that appears on the ArrangeMe website. See here for more information.
  6. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters are eligible to sell theie arrangement, but it must be exclusively done on the ArrangeMe website. You cannot sell these arrangements privately or on any other website.


In 2023, the orchestration is for Choir with Piano and minimal Percussion. Please see the link below for the required and optional parts:

  • Parts list


Your arrangement must be no more than 5 minutes in length.

2. Submission of Materials

Online Application: Entry will be using a secure online application form. <<Link Here>>

Application: 1 completed application form.

Score: Your score should be in PDF format. Please do not send notation files.
Note: Please ensure there are no identifying marks on your score to ensure anonymity for judging.

Proof of Eligibility: 1. Australian citizenship; 2. Permanent Residency; or 3. Student Visa (Subclass 500 or Subclass 444 - NZ) 

Note: At the end of the competition, any of the identifying the documents supplied are deleted and completely removed from our systems.

Audio: You must provide a recording of a synth or live rehearsal version of the work in MP3 format.  This can simply be a playback from your notation software.

Deadline : All materials (incl. payment) must be received by 5pm AWST (Perth Time) Friday 30th June 2023.

3. Adjudication


Judges will include members of the MAGA National Executive Board, Hal Leonard and recognised award winning Australian arrangers under the direction of Ian Boath, the "Competition Chair".

All entries will be anonymous to the judging panel.

Winner Announcements

The winners will be announced on the MAGA website on or before 30th August 2022. 

The judges decisions regarding the results are final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the winners.

4.Composer Works

AnchorThe arrangements must be chosen from one of the following songs available on ArrangeMe.

  • Song 1 - Do applicants need to purchase the sheet music?
  • Song 2 - 

5. Past Competitions

Click on the links below to view past competitions: