Freedom Song Songwriting Contest

Tap a beat, strum a melody, write lyrics, and sing the Freedom Song!
Freedom Song Songwriting Contest: Call for Entries
Freedom Song Songwriting Contest © FNF Philippines

In the midst of a pandemic in which freedoms are being challenged, music is a powerful uplift – a medium to express one’s self, and a means to connect with one another. Music brings comfort, provides powerful stories, and inspires people. It is a universal language that unifies communities, and shapes societies. 

We are inviting singers, songwriters, music enthusiasts from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to join the Freedom Song Songwriting Contest. Tune in to greater freedoms and turn the beat up on optimism and hope for a better future. 

Freedom Song Songwriting Contest highlights the importance of self-expression, participation, and the value of freedom in the new normal. As we try to restart our lives, we want music that would encourage us to embrace new opportunities. We’re looking for songs that convey hope, spark courage, and inspire optimism.

The Freedom Song Songwriting Contest is organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, a German political foundation that provides innovative platforms and solutions that translate complex concepts of freedom into language that is relatable to Filipinos. The Competition is a platform to harmonize the amplified calls to defend freedoms and democracy.

Let your music be heard!

Call for entries starts on 11 August 2021.

A pre-screening committee will evaluate all the entries. 10 compositions will be shortlisted and will be part of the Freedom Song playlist. From here, five finalists will be selected. The singer-songwriters will undergo mentoring sessions with icons in the Philippine music industry. 

The finalists will compete for the top spot in an online concert in October 2021. 

Each finalist will receive P30,000. The top artist will get P10,000 in addition, and will be extensively featured on FNF channels.

Share your music and sing your heart out #forFreedom!

Contest Mechanics
Contest Mechanics © FNF Philippines

Submission of Entries

  • Song entry must be an original work of the contestant. All rights, including copyrights, to the entry must be owned exclusively by the contestant
  • Submit the lyrics of the musical composition (in word or pdf format) and a wav. file format of the musical composition.
  • Accomplished entry form with complete personal data; If contestant is composed of a group, all individual composers, writers and/or lyricists must sign on the Entry Form.
  • Scanned copy of a government-issued ID

Download the full mechanics here

Deadline of submission is on 10 September 2021. Submit your entries now by clicking the link

For queries, please contact Rocel Lazaro via mobile at +63 917 542 3725 or via email at


11 August – Call for entries

10 September – Deadline of submission of entries

20 September – Announcement of Top 10 Songs

24 September – Announcement of Top 5 Finalists

27-30 September – Songwriting mentorship 

October - Concert