We are Looking for a new theme song for New Horizons!

Calling song-writers and musicians who are blind or vision-impaired. Submit your songs to Blind Citizens Australia’s competition to find a new theme for its national weekly radio program, New Horizons.

About Blind Citizens Australia

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is the united voice of Australians who are blind or vision impaired.
Our mission is to achieve equity and equality by our empowerment, by promoting positive community attitudes, and by striving for high quality and accessible services which meet our needs. BCA has a team of dedicated employees and a Board of Directors as well as a National Policy and Development Council.
BCA has 11 State and Territory Branches and 4 Special Interest Branches.

New Horizons is BCA’s national weekly radio program. It is a key communication channel for disseminating information about BCA itself and general information of interest to people who are blind or vision-impaired. The program runs for about fifteen minutes and is broadcast via community radio through the RPH network. It is also available for download as a podcast or from the BCA website.

Why You Should Enter:

  • Get national exposure for your music on multiple radio networks and online
  • receive support from BCA to release your song as a digital single and help BCA raise much-needed funds

Enter as an individual, or get together with a group of friends and have fun writing a song together.

What we are looking for:

An original song, the lyrics or music for which has been written by a person who is blind or vision-impaired. The song does not need to be written specifically for the purpose of this competition and the composers do not have to be the performers.

Judging Criteria:

Make it Relevant:
A song which reminds people about what BCA stands for.

While it doesn’t have to be written specifically for BCA, It does need to contain a theme or message relevant to the work and aspirations of BCA and its members.

Make it Catchy:
A song which captures the attention of listeners. Your song will be played to introduce New Horizons on a weekly basis, so it needs to be memorable and catchy. You should submit a full track, but you may want to identify a short, 30 second extract for the panel to consider. It needs to lend itself to being played as a theme. So a hook or chorus that can be repeated will help your song stand out.

Make it lasting:
BCA last changed the theme of New Horizons almost twenty years ago. So we want your song to stand the test of time and be built to last.

How to Enter:

Send us the following:

  • A copy of your song as an MP3 file. Note that the judges are interested in the quality of the song, not the quality of the production
  • A copy of the lyrics in electronic format
  • A completed application form

Key Dates:

The competition will be launched on 10 October as part of the BCA National Convention in Perth. The closing date for submissions will be Monday, 16 November. The winner will be announced on 3 December as part of International Day of Persons with Disability celebrations. The song will be launched on New Horizons and as a digital single in early 2016.


A judging panel made up of BCA members will assess submissions and select a winner. Feedback will not be provided and judges decisions are final.

Entry Conditions:

Copyright: Creative
copyright remains with the song-writer as the creator of the work and performance copyright with the performers. As a condition of entry, the winner agrees to grant permission to BCA to use the song, in full or in part on New Horizons and elsewhere, (for instance, to introduce BCA internet coverage or other special programs.)

Recording: BCA will work with the winner to ensure the recording and performance is at a reasonable standard.
Proceeds from Digital Release: The winner agrees to donate proceeds from sales of the digital single release to BCA to support the organisation’s work.

Application For:

The application form for A New Theme for New Horizons Competition can be downloaded here: Application form – A New Theme for New Horizons (Word RTF)

Rikki Chaplin
National Advocacy And Policy Officer

Blind Citizens Australia
Level 3, Ross House
247-251 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9654 1400
Fax: 03 9650 3200
Toll free:1800 033 660
Email: Rikki.chaplin@bca.org.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BlindCitizensAustralia
Twitter: @au_BCA