The Bread and Roses Songwriting and Spoken Word Award

Bread And Roses

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Culture Matters, a web platform for socialist and progressive arts and culture, are pleased to announce a new Songwriting and Spoken Word Award. The Bread And Roses Award is now open for submissions.

The purpose of the new Award is to encourage songwriters and spoken word performers to focus on themes which are meaningful to working class people and communities, and to encourage those communities to engage more with songwriting and spoken word.

There is a £100 cash prize for each of the top five entries. The judges will be from CWU and Culture Matters.

Submission Guidelines and Award Rules

Entry is open to all, regardless of trade union membership. The submission guidelines are as follows:

  • Entries should broadly deal with any aspect of working class life, communities and culture and show commitment to the common people, the common good and the common language of music and spoken word.
  • Entries are restricted to original material, in English, by solo or duo artists/performers.
  • Entries must be submitted as audio or video files (MP3/4 format, YouTube link or similar), via e-mail.
  • Entrants must be resident in the United Kingdom.
  • Entries must be accompanied by an entry fee of £5, to be paid to Culture Matters Co-operative Ltd paid by bank transfer to The Co-operative Bank, Culture Matters Co-operative Ltd, 089299/65822760
  • Entrants may submit up to three songs/performances.
  • The organisers accept no responsibility for entries that are incorrectly submitted or not delivered due to technical faults.
  • By entering the Award, entrants agree to accept and be bound by the rules of the Award and the decisions of the judges.
  • Entries should be sent via email to: The deadline for receipt of submissions is midnight on 2 February 2018. When emailing submissions please provide your full name, postal address and phone number.

The winners will be invited to perform at the CWU annual conference in Bournemouth in April 2018. All entries remain the copyright of the entrant but CWU and Culture Matters will have the right to publish them online and in other media.

Organisation website: Culture Matters