Songs for Social Justice Award

Following the untimely death of Alistair Hulett on 28 January 2010, two memorial funds were established in his name; one in the UK and one in Australia. Both funds were established with the aim of honouring and upholding Alistair’s legacy of actively campaigning through his music and his songwriting on behalf of the poor, the oppressed and the disadvantaged.

The Australian Fund was launched at the 2011 National Folk Festival in Canberra during a tribute concert to Alistair where we announced our intention to organise a song writing event to continue Alistair’s legacy by encouraging the writing of songs with social justice themes.

We are proud to invite entries for the 2015 Alistair Hulett Songs for Social Justice Award, organised by the Australian Memorial Fund and supported by the National Folk Festival. The closing date is 31 December 2014.

The winner of the 2013 Songs for Social Justice Award was The Lurkers, you can find out more by reading Press Release.

The winner of the 2012 Songs for Social Justice Award was Steph Miller, you can listen to his song and read an interview with Steph on the 2012 Song Competition Archive page.

For complete terms and conditions download our Terms and Conditions PDF.

  1. The Fund invites songwriters and musicians based in Australia to enter the 2015 Songs for Social Justice Award with a song focused on promoting equality and social justice broadly defined.

  2. The AHMF has official listing on the Australian Register of Cultural Organisations (ROCO). In applying for recognition The Fund defined social justice broadly as being “anti-discriminatory and egalitarian in seeking to achieve equal rights and opportunities for all people including the poor, the oppressed, the marginalised and excluded”.

  3. The closing date for entries to be considered for the 2014 Award is 31 December 2014.

  4. Entries should include a recording of the song in MP3 format, and an accompanying lyrics sheet, and should be emailed using the online application form on this page. If online application is not possible, please contact us for further advice on how to submit your entry either by email to or post to The Alistair Hulett Memorial Fund, PO Box 109, Glebe NSW 2037.

  5. The entrant(s) should own the intellectual property in both words and music (unless the music is traditional/non-copyright) and the song should not yet have been recorded for commercial release.

  6. The AHMF will appoint a select panel of judges from among accomplished songwriters and singers. The Trustees will decide the award based on the panel’s advice.

  7. The Award will include: performance of the song at the National Folk Festival, held in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, to give the song profile; summary feedback from the judges for short-listed entries; a monetary grant to a maximum of $1000 to the award-winner(s) for use in further disseminating the song, such as recording expenses; and a plaque to mark the award.

Online Submission Form

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Email Address:

Contact Phone Number:

Postal Address:

Title of Entry:

Background Notes:

Lyrics: (accepted file types: doc, docx, odt, rtf, txt, pdf)

Song File: (accepted file types: mp3)

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