The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters is calling out for songs written using Apple's GarageBand software in its latest music creation competition.

Origin8 is a national songwriting and production competition for solo artists and bands aged 14-18-years to create a piece of original music, in any genre, inspired by the artworks in the National Gallery's permanent collection.

The competition is being supported by Apple through its Regional Training Centres, Youth Music, the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and the National Gallery. Entrants must upload their compositions to the competition website where they can listen to, comment on and vote on each others' tracks.

Apple is running a number of free tutorial training sessions in GarageBand music production software during autumn 2007. Youth Music's network of 23 Action Zones is also running free songwriting and production workshops for under 18s across the country during autumn 2007, starting with a session led by Lil' Chris at the launch of Youth Music Week 2007 at the National Gallery on 24 October.

50 Origin8 finalists will be invited to attend an all day master class hosted by Kano in London during February 2008 half-term week.

Four band/solo artist overall winners will be selected by a judging panel and get to work in a professional studio with the help of professional songwriters and will win Apple computers plus software.