Enter our ‘singer-song writer’ contest and you could win £500

The song must have the theme ‘Live Happy’ but can be of any genre.
This competition is open to UK residents over the age of 16 and is free to enter.*
The top songs will be selected to perform at a showcase event in Devon, during Spring 2020 to decide the winner.


1st place £500

2nd place £250

3rd place £100

The deadline for entries is midnight, Sunday 12th January 2020, the winning song will be used by Ocean Healthcare for marketing and promotion.

* Click here to view our Terms & Conditions

Meet the Judges

Ken Rudge – MD Ocean Healthcare

Ken is passionate about Ocean Healthcare and that our members live our philosophy of ‘Live Happy, Care Well’ which simply means that if people are happy in all parts of their lives then they tend to better and happier carers.

Ken will judging the songs on how well the ‘Live Happy’ theme has been incorporated and how it fits with our overall philosophy.

Mama Pik (Pik Rawlings)

Pik Rawlings of Mama Pik Music artist liaison service is a an avid supporter of the developing live music scene in Devon. She supports many artists and would be musicians to find performance and development opportunities through 1:1 peer and coaching support, networking, learning from others, identifying role models, developmental stage opportunities, promotion of their music, image and branding, whilst promoting safety, boundaries and professionalism. Pik currently supports over 100 Devon Musicians of varying levels of experience to work to their strengths and gain work and opportunities within the local music industry.

She is co-founder of the Green Light Unplugged and Sound Mind Sessions projects which work to provide musicians for charitable events which in turn support Macmillan Cancer Support and mental health support for three music community respectively.

Rachel Jones

Rachel is a graduate of Leeds College of Music where she studied popular music. Throughout her degree she specialised in vocal technique, song interpretation, song writing, stage presence and music in the community. Performing original material as a solo performer Rachel also has extensive stage and recording experience. Having spent the last three years vocal coaching she is now in the process of recording her EP.

What are the songs being judged on?:

  • Relevance to the theme ‘Live Happy’ and Lyrics (30%)

  • Creativity and originality (10%)

  • Melody, composition and arrangement (20%)

  • Performance (25%)

  • Media Likes (5%)

How To Enter

Read through our Terms & Conditions by Clicking Here

Download the Entry form complete and sign.

Film yourself singing the song.

Print or save (pdf) your lyric sheet (in English) making sure they are eligible.  You do not need to enter sheet music.

Save your song and film onto CD, USB stick or to an online platform (see rules about access) make sure your entrant name and song are written clearly.

By Email – song@oceanhealthcare.co.uk

By Post – Song Contest, Ocean Healthcare 252 Torquay Road, Paignton, TQ3 2EZ

By hand – deliver to one of our branches (Barnstaple, Paignton or Exeter – see our addresses on our ‘contacts’ web page.

What to include with your entry:

Link to song / Film or CD/USB/

Lyrics Sheet – PDF

Entry form – PDF – ensuring it is signed.

Why is Ocean Healthcare running a Song competition?:

We have a philosophy at Ocean Healthcare which we are continually developing and that is ‘Live Happy Care Well’.

It’s our belief that working with a great nursing agency like Ocean Healthcare enables healthcare workers to live a more balanced life due to the flexible nature of the work.  This in turn helps them to live happy.  We also believe that living happy is a choice we must all continually make and therefore, we are looking for a song that reflects this philosophy in life.

As an organisation we believe that many things contribute to happiness, such as taking part in physical activities, having fun with family and listening to music.  We support and sponsor a variety of sporting groups and events in Devon but, felt that we should promote something entirely different that also makes people happy.  So, hence a song writing competition was created.

So, if music makes you happy why not put pen to paper and have a go at writing and performing a song about ‘living happy’.