The shortlist for this year’s Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition has been unveiled today, with submissions from all over the globe being considered for the ultimate prize – AUD $50,000 cash from APRA AMCOS, Alberts and BMG, not to mention an AUD $5,000 travel package from the Show Group.
For this year’s competition, 3,296 songwriters entered songs with their entry fees directly contributing to almost $203,000 raised for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. A fantastic cause that the competition has back since the start, 2018 has been the most successful fundraising year, pushing the total amount of money raised since the competition’s inception past $1 million dollars.
Representing on this year’s shortlist are entries from some of Australia’s brightest, with Amy Shark, Alice Ivy, Gordi, Gang of Youths and Georgi Kay all landing multiple nominations. Appearing for the first time in the shortlist are artists including Dean Lewis, Angie McMahon and Mallrat.
Aside from the grand prize, two runners up will receive AUD $10,000 and AUD $5,000 for second and third place respectively, courtesy of AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association) and Seventh Street Media. Also included in this year’s competition is AUD $5,000 for best ‘Unpublished Work’.
Check out the full list below!
2018 VANDA AND YOUNG SONGWRITING COMPETITION
Abbey Gardner – Weight of Feeling
Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont – Train Wreck
Ainslie Wills – Running Second
Alex Lahey – I Love You Like a Brother
Alfie Arcuri – Same
Alice Ivy – Get Me a Drink
Alice Ivy – Chasing Stars
Amy Shark – Weekends
Amy Shark – Adore
Angie McMahon – Slow Mover
Asha Jefferies – Chaos
Bri Clark – Giving Up
Cookin’ on 3 Burners – Real Life Baby
CXLOE – Monster
Dean Lewis – Be Alright
Florian – Star Crossed Lover
G Flip – About You
Gang of Youths – Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane
Gang of Youths – Let Me Down Easy
Gang of Youths – The Heart is a Muscle
Gang of Youths – What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?
Georgi Kay – Guilty Pleasures
Georgi Kay – Special
Gordi – Heaven I Know
Gordi – On My Side
Hatchie – Sure
Holly Arrowsmith – Love Together
Holy Holy – True Lovers
Dennis Dowlut & Maxwell Bidstrup – Paper Planes
Jack Carty – Hospital Hill
King IV – Bump
Mallrat – Better
Maya Jupiter – Inshallah
Middle Kids – Mistake
Oh Pep! – Parallel
Ruby Fields – I Want
Ruel – Don’t Tell Me
Tia Gostelow – That’s What You Get
Tim Hansen – Don’t Be a Dick
Timothy Bowen – Anchor
To find out more about the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition, visit their website here. Winners will be announced in May.