Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition 2019

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$70,000 to be won in 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition


The 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition is now open, with first place $50,000 cash prize the biggest of any songwriting comp worldwide.


Songwriters from around the world are invited to enter the 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition, to be in the running for a career-changing first-place cash prize of A$50,000, courtesy of APRA AMCOS, Alberts and BMG.


APRA Music Award winner Amy Shark won the 2018 first place prize with her song Adore, the breakthrough single that propelled her to a debut #1 ARIA album with Love Monster, sold-out arena tours and international TV performances.


“Adore connected with fans in a magical way and opened so many doors for me. Winning the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition was an incredible honour and helped me fund the next phase of my career,” said Amy.


Runners up also receive cash awards, with second place receiving A$10,000 thanks to AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association) and third place receiving A$5,000.


And back again is the ‘Unpublished’ category, which comes with A$5,000 cash for the winner. Brisbane’s Grace Shaw – you probably know her as Mallrat – took home the inaugural honour in 2018 for her song Better.


Last year’s competition brought in an all-time high 4,056 entries from 3,296 songwriters in 30 countries. And in the decade since the first Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition was won by Megan Washington, songwriters have helped raise over A$1 million to help fund the important work of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA).


100% of the $50 per song entry fee goes to supporting NRMTA’s programs, which use music therapy to help children and adults cope with the struggles of living with a wide range of needs due to physical and intellectual disabilities, autism, trauma, illness, dementia, behaviour disorders and learning difficulties.


A judging panel of 64 influential artists, producers, media and music industry professionals have come on board, including award-winning songwriter Lior, previous Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition first-place winner Isabella Manfredi of The Preatures, triple j Unearthed’s Dave Ruby Howe, and producer Franc Tetaz.


Founding partner, David Albert, Chief Executive of Alberts said: “Alberts is proud to be once again presenting the 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition in conjunction with partners APRA AMCOS and BMG. Now in its 10th year, this wonderful initiative continues to support the vital services provided by Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia while recognising the legacy of Harry Vanda and the late George Young.”


For all the competition details, terms & conditions, and to enter, visit

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