Arranging Competitions 2022

National Youth Music Arranging Competition - 2022


This year, the MAGA National Youth Music Arranging Competition will feature arrangements for Wind Orchestra. The winning entry will receive $AU 2,500 prize money. 

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

The competition opens on 1st March 2022 and closes 5pm AWST 31st July 2022.

The Competition is now closed. Good luck to all entries.

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, 2022. Any non-member of MAGA may apply. No Full MAGA Member or Certificate member will be eligible. 

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. Good luck to all entries!

1. Rules and Guidelines


  1. The arrangement will be a medley of at least two of the three songs, for which the lead sheets can be downloaded from the MAGA 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. Lyrics on the lead sheets are a guide only. No voice parts are to be added to the arrangements.


In 2022, the orchestration is Wind Orchestra. Please see the link below for the required and optional parts:


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. Entries are now closed.

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)

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) Sunday 31st July 2022.

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 a medley of at least two of the three Australian based folk songs below: 

5. Past Competitions

Click on the links below to view past competitions: