Songwriters, Composers & Lyricists Association Incorporated - PO Box 575, North Adelaide 5006 - Tel: (08) 7221 2365 - Established in 1987

Established in Adelaide, South Australia in 1987, SCALA is a global songwriting organisation dedicated to encouraging, supporting and nurturing songwriters, composers and lyric writers of any style and genre no matter where they are in the world.

The primary goal of SCALA is to be able to help songwriters, composers and lyricists move onto the next step in their careers regardless of their location, experience or skill level.


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Kylie Brice – “Fly With Me” at Heat 2 FOOM 2015

Stan Bastiras – “Bitter Blue” at Heat 3 FOOM 2015

Richard Pak Poy -“Nothing To Confess” at Heat 3 FOOM 2015

Stan Bastiras – ‘Unlucky In Love’ at Heat 4 FOOM 2015

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This week at SCALA:

 SCALA hosts two fantastic opportunities for songwriters to perform their songs in front of a performer-friendly, listening audience.

Each Wednesday and Thursday nights, two of Adelaide’s greatest music pubs showcase live original music. On Wednesdays, the Midweek Melt is at the Gaslight Tavern in Brompton and Thursdays see SCALA Live @ The Austral. For more information and to see who’s on this week, read on.

Midweek Melt @ The Gaslight Tavern – Wednesday 2nd  September


Music kicks off at 8pm, with cheap drinks for SCALA members and students, and the final act will be followed by a short Open Mic section for anyone who wants to test the stage!

In order of performance:
1. Georgia Tyler
2. Sean Tyner
3. The Good Questions
Free entry, cheap drinks, great original music!
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 SCALA Live @ The Austral  – in the Bunka!

THIS THURSDAY 3rd September: No gig at The Austral!


FOOM Song Competition 2015 FINAL.

AT THE JADE MONKEY  160 Flinders St Adelaide.

Come along and watch local songwriters battle it out with their best new songs!!

Bring friends to vote for the Peoples’ Choice!!  Everyone welcome!!!



To find out who has played at SCALA recently click here!

SCALA Live at The Austral 2015

SCALA Live At The Gaslight Tavern

If you would like to play at either Midweek Melt @ The Gaslight or SCALA Live @ The Austral, please fill in THIS FORM and we will try to book you in!


To date SCALA has released 16 CDs, the latest being “SCALA Brighter Than The Sun” released July 30th, 2015.

You can also buy selected CDs as MP3s online.


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CD Releases by SCALA Members

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New SCALA CD “Brighter Than The Sun” released July 30th:

 Brighter Than The Sun

 Track Listing and Artist Bios





SCALA provides an environment in which all styles of songwriting, composition and lyric writing can flourish but SCALA only exists because of its loyal and active membership base.

SCALA membership is open to anyone with an interest in songwriting, composition and lyric writing, anywhere in the world.

Join SCALA here



Membership Special!

During the FOOM competition, we’ll be running a special deal for the renewal of your SCALA membership AND a copy of our latest CD release ‘Brighter Than The Sun’ all for $30! 

That’s a #car-azy deal so come on down and get some!

Are you on the SCALA mailing list? Regular updates will be sent out via email as well as on the SCALA page on FB. If you would rather receive an email, send us a line and we can add you to the list:, OR  please complete the short form by clicking here.

SCALA Workshops

The SCALA Songwriters Workshop Series are an opportunity for songwriters of any skill and experience level to learn about their chosen craft while at the same time, network with other like minded songwriters in an informal, relaxed and creative learning environment.



Sunday 30 August


1:30pm – 4:00pm
John Harvey Gallery
12 James Street, Salisbury
Bookings Essential
FREE event


Do you write songs? Do you wish you did? This interactive session will give you insight into the song writing process, as told by some outstanding local talent. You’ll hear about the inspiration and the process of creating a song and work through some activities to begin developing your own. Bring your own instrument!

The Songwriters Composers And Lyricists Association (SCALA) have been supporting the creation of original music in Australia since 1987.

– See more at:

Salisbury Council Writer’s Festival – Songwriting Workshop

Find out more about SCALA Workshops


FOOM Song Competition

FOOM 2015



Photos from FOOM 2015

Live Section:

Finalists from Heat 4:
Kylie Brice: Recharge
Ben Ford-Davies:
Shaun Coghlan:
Louis Donnarumma: Broken Strings (Also the People’s Choice Winner)

Finalists from Heat 3:

Paula Standing: Needlessly
Dave Cobb: Today Hasn’t Been That Good (Also the People’s Choice Winner)
Maddy Coutts: Mountain Town, After Dusk
Simon Molloy: Joseph John Rennie

Receiving a commendation for their efforts were:    Stan Bastiras: Bitter Blue &  Ben Searcy: Probably Monday

Finalists from Heat 2:

Emma Rowe: Earthflight
Aldo Zotti: Catherine (also People’s Choice Award).  
Marta Bayly and Andy Armstrong: Help Me Find The Way

Mark Simpkin & Susan Craig: Belle (Will You Still Love Me When I Change)

Finalists from Heat 1:

Michael Madigan: After The War
Richard Pak Poy with Ian Wright: The Old Canal
Jack Robins: This Will Pass Over
Kelly Breuer: Don’t Have To Write It Down (also People’s Choice Award).

Commended (but not through to the final):  David Cronin: Shared The Champagne, Frankie Starling: Domingo en El Zocalo, Emma Rowe: If Hollywood.

Photos from FOOM 2015 Heat 1 by Graham Burkin

There’ll be more fun this week so check out the details below and we’ll see you there!

Learn More About FOOM 


Since its beginnings in 1994, SCALA’s Festival Of Original Music (FOOM) Song Competition has grown from an original 3 categories to the current six; Live, Studio Open, Studio Instrumental, Demo Open, Demo Instrumental and Lyrics Only.

The aim of the competition is to encourage the writing of new, original material and to showcase that new material to the world via a SCALA CD release (and it’s online MP3 equivalent).

Original songs can be entered in any style and genre. Prizes for winning entries include recording and mastering of winning tracks, cash prizes and the inclusion of winning songs on a SCALA release.

All entries are now done online through our FOOM Online Entry Portal provided by SCALA’s competition partner, Song Central where recordings and lyrics can be uploaded and entry payment made online.  ****Note that entries in the Live section do NOT require mp3s to be uploaded……***

Further information can be found at on the SCALA Website: or by contacting Bryan Foley on TEL: +61 415 131 734;  E: SCALA@SCALA.ORG.AU; or   PO BOX 575 NORTH ADELAIDE SA 5006


Videos from SCALA FOOM 2014 Final

FOOM Previous Winners