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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | September 17, 2021

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Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition

Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition
Georgia Kearins

Songwriters, rejoice! The 2020 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition invites songwriters from around the world to enter their song for a chance at a career-changing first-place cash prize of A$50,000, courtesy of Australasian music rights management organisation APRA AMCOS, legendary music company Alberts and the world’s fast growing music company, BMG.

The Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious songwriting competitions. It aims to support talented songwriters while raising much-needed funds for not-for-profit organisation Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA).

Last year’s first place winner, the soulful ‘Miracle Love’, was co-written by Matt Corby and Dann Hume, and featured on Corby’s LP Rainbow Valley, which went on to win triple j’s coveted J Award for album of the year.

“I’m so grateful that such a positive song burrowed into the hearts and ears of our peers and genuinely humbled by this moment,” said Corby upon winning Vanda & Young.



Runners-up also win cash prizes to help fund their next musical venture, with a second place amount of $10,000 thanks to legal experts Banki Haddock Fiora, and third place receives $5,000 courtesy of Aon.

The AMPAL Emerging Songwriter Prize, awarded to an up-and-coming unpublished songwriter, comes with $5,000 cash for the recipient, courtesy of the Australasian Music Publishers Association.

Previously known as the “Unpublished” prize, the category’s two previous recipients have each been on a hot streak since winning. 2019’s “Unpublished” winner Kaiit (for ‘Miss Shiney’) won the 2019 ARIA Award for Best R&B / Soul release, and the inaugural honouree Mallrat (for ‘Better’) just won the Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year Award at the Global APRA Music Awards Los Angeles.

All money raised goes directly to fund the organisation’s transformative programs, and in eleven years of the competition’s existence, entrants have contributed over A$1.2 million, making a huge impact on the lives of others with their songs.

Entries close 11.59pm (AEDT) Thursday 14 May.

Find out more:
Vanda Young Song Competition website

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