Arranging Competitions

National Youth Music Arranging Competition - 2023


This year, the MAGA National Youth Music Arranging Competition will feature arrangements for SATB Choir with optional accompaniment up to 4 instruments . The winning entry will receive $AU 2,500 prize money. 

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

The competition is now closed. Good luck to all entrants. Results will be published on or around 26th July.

We would like to thank Hal Leonard and ArrangeMe who are our major sponsors this year!

ENTRY FEE: $30  (Can be used as credit towards 3 year Certificate membership)


The MAGA National Youth Music Arranging Competition is open to any music arranger(**) under the age of 30 as at 30th  Jun, 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 now closed.

1. Rules and Guidelines


  1. The arrangement will be chosen from one of the two songs available on Hal Leonard's website.  (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 below for more information.
  6. Any competition entrants are eligible to sell their arrangements after the competition winners have been announced, but it must be exclusively done on the website. Due to our Hal Leonard sponsorship, you cannot sell these arrangements privately or on any other website.

Orchestration / Guidlines

In 2023, the orchestration is for SATB Choir with optional accompaniment up to 4 instruments. Please see the link below for the detailed requirements and guidlines:


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 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 an audio recording of the work in MP3 format.  This can simply be a playback from your notation software or a live recording of a rehearsal of the work.

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.

Note: Each entry is given a number and the judging panel are supplied with the scores and MP3's only identified with that number for judging.

Winner Announcements

The winners will be announced on the MAGA website on or before 30th August 2023. 

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

4.Composer Works

The arrangement must be chosen from one of the two following songs available on 

Note: The arrangement must also include the Copyright which is included on the lead sheets below.

  • Song 1 - "A Touch Of Paradise" - By Ross Andrew Wilson, Gulliver Smith - Lead Sheet
  • Song 2 - "Release" By Katie Anne Noonan (Of George) - Lead Sheet

5. Past Competitions

Click on the links below to view past competitions: