Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition Now Open
Megan Washington. photo by Ros O'Gorman

Megan Washington. Photo by Ros O'Gorman.

Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition Now Open

by Paul Cashmere on August 1, 2014

in News,Noise Pro

The 2014 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition is once again in play for 2014.

Songwriters entering the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition compete for a cash prize of $50,000 with thanks to APRA AMCOS and Alberts.

Past winners of the competition were Megan Washington (2009), Kimbra (2011) and The Preatures (2013).

Brett Cottle, APRA AMCOS CEO, said “It is a great honour for APRA AMCOS to support this competition because of what it achieves. First, the fantastic work of Nordoff-Robbins and their music therapy is supported and they can continue to bring music into the world of people who get real benefits from it. Secondly the opportunity for talented songwriters to be recognised and also get some help in the next stage of their career.”

David Albert, CEO of Alberts, said, “Alberts is thrilled to be continuing its longstanding association with Nordoff-Robbins and the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition into 2014, the year in which we also celebrate 50 years of our record label, Albert Productions. From writing and recording with The Easybeats, Marcus Hook Roll Band and Flash And The Pan, through to writing hits for the likes of John Paul Young and nurturing songwriters of the ilk of AC/DC, there’s arguably been no more defining contribution to both Albert Productions and Australian songwriting than that of George Young and Harry Vanda.”

This year a second prize of $10000 will be offered from the Australian Music Publishers Association and a third of $5000 from AEG Ogden.

There will also be a $2000 Encouragement Award.

Last year’s winner Isabella Manfredi from The Preatures said, “”Winning the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition was such a huge leg up for us, and we wanted to show our thanks and support by helping the next wave of applicants with this encouragement award.”

2014 Vanda & Young Song Competition Judges

Industry and Media:
Amanda Lee – Southern Cross Austereo
Andrew Mast – The Music.com.au
Bob Gordon – Xpress Magazine
Chris Martin – The Brag
Dan Zilber – FBi Radio
Danielle McGrane – AAP
Don Elford – AEG Ogden
Kathy McCabe – The Daily Telegraph / News Corp Australia
Larry Heath – the AU review
Lindsay McDougall – triple j
Bernard Zuel – Sydney Morning Herald / Fairfax Media
Martin Boulton – The Age / Fairfax Media
Iain Shedden – The Australian / News Corp Australia
Paul Cashmere – Noise 11
Poppy Reid – The Music Network
Robert Dunstan – Freelance Writer
Scott Fitzsimons – TheMusic.com.au

Record Companies:
Mark Holland (EMI Recorded Music Australia)
Michael Taylor (Universal Music Australia)
Peter Karpin (Mercury Records/Universal Music Australia)

International Judges:
Isabel Pappani – Undercover Tracks/Los Angeles APRA AMCOS Member Relations Rep (USA)
Mark Moffatt – Producer/Songwriter/Nashville APRA AMCOS Member Relations Rep (USA)
Mitch Allan – Writer (USA)
Peter Coquillard – Bill Silva Publishing (USA)
Steve Lillywhite – Producer (USA)
David Ryan Harris – Singer/songwriter/producer (USA)

APRA AMCOS Ambassadors:
Eric McCusker
Jenny Morris
Jonathan Zwartz
Les Gock
Josh Pyke
Rai Thistlethwayte
Eric Chapus
Grant Windsor
Ilan Kidron (Potbelleez)
Jonny Sonic (Potbelleez)
Dave Goode (Potbelleez)
Amanda Brown
John Schumann
Brendan Gallagher
Kevin Mitchell
James Blundell
Mark Atkins

Entries close on the 22nd September 2014.

Please visit www.apraamcos.com.au/vandayoungsongcomp for more information and terms and conditions.

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