1. Angela Byrne

“Beyond Imagination”

2. Kate Mary Flynders

“Walk Onto Water”

3. Sarah Ó hEarchaí

“Finished Tapestry”


Saturday, 25th September


The long-awaited weekend stands before us and we are greatly looking forward to the Finale of the Vocation Music Award UK-IRL 2021!  Our final event features 16 singer-songwriters from all over Ireland and the UK, who have written and performed compositions on the theme of vocation. We hope you enjoy the programme!

Schedule for Saturday 25th September

12:30pm   The final commences.  Please allow approximately 2 hours: the final video can be viewed below

or on the VMA YouTube channel

Event App

Remember to follow our live event app!  You can find the link at:


Alternatively, you can access the app by scanning the QR code below with your mobile device:

Here you will find information on our finalists, a schedule and other details relevant to the competition.

We wish our participants the very best of luck and hope you enjoy the finale!


Where is my place?

You like to make music, you wonder what your path is and what God’s plan is for your life?

Everyone is called by God, be it in the specific vocation to marriage or to a consecrated life, but also in general in every moment of our lives.

Why not share your thoughts and ideas about your own life’s journey and calling through the lyrics and music of a song that may help others on their own journey.

You will have the chance to not only win cash prizes  but also be part of a professional CD production with your song and receive feedback from accomplished musicians on the jury.

Apply now with your song for the Vocation Music Award 2021, we are looking forward to your submissions!


Songs may be submitted until July 31st.  You simply submit a mobile phone or camera video (one take – uncut) on YouTube/WeTransfer and submit the link using the electronic application form.

After you submit your song and we will release it for online voting at the homepage. The community can vote online for your song until August 15th.

After you submit your song we will release it on the VMA homepage in preparation for the online voting. Once the voting is open, the general public will be able to vote online for your song until Aug 15th.  During this period the judges will also evaluate your song.  The winners will be chosen based on a combination of online votes and those of the judges.

The lyrics and message of the song are paramount, but the musical composition and arrangement are also naturally an important part of the evaluation.

September 2021

The submitted video recordings of the best songs, according to the online voting and judges decisions, will be shown during a live-streamed event during the first fortnight of September, at the end of which the three main prize winners will be announced together with the runners-up.

Important: You should be able to attend this virtual event.

Together with the three winners there will be a minimum of 3, maximum of 7 runners up who will be invited to subsequently have their songs recorded professionally for a digital album release on all main streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, etc…).

More information about registration and programme will follow, pending Covid19 restrictions.


The 6 best candidates win a CD PRODUCTION with their song.  In addition, the top three winners receive:

1st Place: €2000

2nd Place: €1000

3rd Place: €500


  • The title is submitted by a performer/band or composer. You can perform as an individual performer or with your band. If you are a band, one person should be named as a representative of the band.
  • Your song must not have been published yet
  • The thematic orientation of your song must pertain to the theme of vocation
  • Your song must be submitted with an uncut and unedited “one take” video (mobile phone or camera) with no studio-style multi-tracking
  • You give your consent for your song, images and data to be used for further processing or distribution.
  • The judges decision is final


The song contest revolves around the theme of vocation. The term vocation is understood very broadly here: from the vocation to marriage and family, to priesthood and religious life, to the call of God to love and follow Him.  It is concerned with the question: Where is my place?  What is my path in life?  What is God’s plan for me?  Your song should be thematically about vocation and explore these questions.

The type of music is not limited or fixed to one genre and ranges from rock and pop, to worship, folk or classical music. The music should express what moves you in your heart.

Tom Conroy
Music has the power to change lives and to bring us closer together to one another.  I have been lucky to see this in my own life and share my faith with many people, making wonderful friends along the way.  It is truly a gift from God, and I pray that we can keep on celebrating and praising God through music.
Tom Conroy , Composer
Fr. Willie Purcell
Music and vocation in a Christian view starts with faith in the Word of God, in response to the initiative of God who calls men and women to follow Him as priests, sisters and brothers. Music and vocation are prayerfully connected, vocation and call often being the inspiration for the creation of music, hymns and songs as in this unique Music Competition.
Fr. Willie Purcell , National Diocesan Vocations Coordinator, Ireland
Anne-Marie Whelan
St Augustine said those who sing pray twice. This is certainly true in my life: music and singing has always been a big part of who I am, particularly liturgical music.  The gift of combining scripture and prayer with music has allowed me the gift of sharing my faith with others.
Anne Marie Whelan , Evangelisation and Vocations Officer, Sisters of Bon Secours, Ireland
Angelo Kelly

Keep up the good work – it is so great that you do this for God! Always have your heart fully in it!

Angelo Kelly, The Kelly Family







You can order the VOCATION MUSIC AWARD CD 2019 here



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